Chemotherapy drugs interfere with the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread, but they also damage healthy cells. Although healthy cells can recover over time, you may experience side effects from your treatment like nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, hair loss and an increased risk of infection.
Both seminoma and non-seminoma testicular cancers respond well to chemotherapy.
Side effects of Chemotherapy
All medicines can have side effects but it’s hard to know if and when they might happen to you. This is especially true when it comes to chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
Your doctor will explain which side effects to report right away, and which ones can wait until your next appointment. If you notice any unexpected side effects or symptoms, talk to your doctor they will suggest ways to deal with them.
It may also be possible to change your treatment schedule or alter your medications to manage them. There may also be other medications that can help.
General Side Effects
They may include:
- Anxiety or depression
- Changes in appetite
- Hair loss during the treatment
When are side effects most likely to happen?
Side effects can happen any time during your treatment. Side effects can vary, depending on your treatment schedule, the drugs you are taking or how your body reacts to the treatment.
How long do the side effects last?
Some may continue after treatment is over, because it takes time for healthy cells to recover from the effects of chemotherapy drugs. But most will gradually disappear depending on the types of drugs you were taking and your general physical health. Some side effects may be permanent.