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What are the side effects of chemotherapy for oropharyngeal cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Oropharyngeal cancer chemotherapy can cause anemia, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, hair loss, increased risk of infection, and mouth sores. This form of treatment may also affect your nervous system, causing problems with coordination, changes to your vision or hearing, and numbness or tingling in your feet or hands. If you become anemic, meaning that your red blood cell counts are low, you may feel dizzy, tired, or short of breath. Chemotherapy may also cause increased risk of bleeding because of its effects on your platelets, which work to clot your blood. You may notice that you bruise very easily or that small cuts take longer to heal.

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