The side effects of treatment for essential thrombocythemia (ET) will depend on many factors, including the type of treatment and dosage, the age of the patient and coexisting medical conditions.
Management of side effects is important. Patients should discuss any concerns about side effects with their doctor. Most side effects are temporary and resolve when treatment is completed
Chemotherapy drugs are the main culprits when it comes to causing unwanted side effects. These drugs can kill cancer cells, but they damage normal cells, too. The lining of the mouth, throat, stomach and intestines are particularly vulnerable to damage.
To read about specific side effects of the drugs used to treat ET, visit Drug Listings.
The following side effects are common to chemotherapy. Click here to read more about these side effects.
- Low blood cell counts
- Mouth sores
- Nausea and vomiting
- Extreme fatigue
- Hair loss
- Tingling sensations
- Lung, heart, kidney or nerve problems
Before you undergo treatment, talk with your doctor about potential side effects. Drugs and other therapies can prevent or manage many side effects.
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