If you’re cursing the immediate physical effects from treatment, chemotherapy is the most likely culprit. As you probably know, chemo can cause everything from hair loss to nausea to fatigue. That’s because as it kills cancer cells, it damages healthy cells along the way.
If you can’t tolerate these effects, even if you’re also taking anti-nausea meds, other types of drugs may be more palatable. Because they can also cause side effects of their own, such as itching, fever, chills and headaches, you’ll probably be given medication to combat the effects before your infusion.
Finding the best drug, or combination of drug, for you includes considering all the side effects. You can also use an app to track your short-term effects.