Side effects of chemotherapy
Chemotherapy drugs can damage healthy, fast-growing cells, such as the cells in your hair, mouth and blood. This causes side effects. Some people don’t experience any side effects, others have several. Some of the common side effects experienced by people who have chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma are described on the following two pages.
During chemotherapy, you may be able to continue to work and carry out your daily activities, but you may need to rest when you feel tired. Let your doctor or nurses know of any side effects you experience. Most side effects are temporary. Your treatment team can help you prevent or manage any side effects.
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