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Other side effects
Some other common side effects of chemotherapy may include hearing problems and watery eyes.
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Some chemotherapy drugs can affect your hearing. Your doctor may recommend that you have a hearing test before you start treatment, and this may be repeated before each cycle of chemo.
You may be at risk of losing the ability to hear high-pitched sounds. Sometimes, chemotherapy also causes a continuous ringing noise in the ears known as tinnitus. While these changes are usually temporary, let your doctor know if you notice any change in your hearing.
Watery eyes can be a symptom of a blocked tear duct. This can be caused by some chemotherapy drugs.
Regularly massaging the area and using eye drops can help clear blockages. Let your cancer care team know if this issue is ongoing.
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