Causes And Effects Of Cancer Cells Essay

771 Words Sep 29th, 2015 4 Pages
Cancer cells tend to grow fast, and chemo drugs kill fast-growing cells. But because these drugs travel throughout the body, they can affect normal, healthy cells that are fast-growing as well. Damage to healthy cells causes side effects. Some side effects are diarrhea, mouth and throat sores, nausea and vomiting, blood disorders, and some nervous system effects like tingling, numbness, burning, loss of balance, weak and shaky muscles and many more. Side effects are not always as bad as you might expect, but age and the progression of the cancer can be factors in how this treatment affects the body. The normal cells that are most likely to be damaged by chemo are blood-forming cells in the bone marrow, hair follicles, and cells in the mouth, digestive tract, and reproductive system. Some chemo drugs can damage cells in the heart, kidneys, bladder, lungs, and nervous system as well. In some cases, medicines can be given with the chemo to help protect the body’s normal cells. Every person does not get every side effect, and some people get few, if any, and the severity of side effects varies greatly from person to person. Most side effects slowly go away after treatment ends because the healthy cells recover over time. The time it takes to get over some side effects and regain energy varies from person to person. It depends on many factors such as your overall health, age, the progression of the cancer, what type of cancer, and any drugs you were given. Many side effects go…

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