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Managing Treatment Side Effects

Cancer treatments often have side effects and they are different for each person. They depend on the type of cancer, location, drugs and dose, and your general health.

In particular, chemotherapy works on active cells. Active cells are cells that are growing and dividing into more of the same type of cell. Cancer cells are active, but so are some healthy cells. These include cells in your blood, mouth, digestive system, and hair follicles. Side effects happen when chemotherapy damages these healthy cells.

Your OHC care team can help you prevent or treat many side effects. Today, many more medications are available for side effects than in the past. Preventing and treating side effects, called palliative care or supportive care, is an important part of the cancer treatment we provide at OHC.

According to our patients, two of the most concerning side effects are hair loss and skin and nails. These links will take you to information from OHC about how to manage these two side effects.

Dealing with Hair Loss
Skin and Nail Care

If you would like additional information about these and other side effects, please talk with your OHC doctor who will be happy to help determine possible treatments for your side effects. He or she will also discuss with you possible side effects before beginning your treatment.