Treatments & Side Effects


“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. (Lao Tzu). The first step in your journey is to become informed. Curo Oncology takes a holistic approach to cancer treatment, and understanding your diagnosis and the effects it can have on your body, mind, and soul is very important.

This is a guide to help you navigate your treatment and contains some useful tips on how to cope with the side-effects of chemo or radiation therapy treatment.



The Meaning of Side Effects

1What are side effects?
Side effects are problems caused by cancer treatment. Some common side effects from chemotherapy are fatigue, nausea, vomiting, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss, mouth sores, and pain.
2What causes side effects?
Active cells are cells that are growing and dividing to create 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.
3Will I get side effects from Chemotherapy?
The side effects of chemo range from patient to patient. Some patients experience no side effects, and others are very susceptible to side effects. This depends on the type and amount of chemotherapy you get and how your body reacts. Before you start chemotherapy, talk with your doctor or nurse about which side effects to expect.
4How long do side effects last?
Depending on your health and the kind of chemotherapy you receive the side effects will vary. Most side effects go away after your chemotherapy is complete. In some cases, side effects can linger for months or even years. These may include damage to your heart, lungs, nerves, kidneys or reproductive organs.
5What can be done about chemotherapy side effects?
Your doctor can help you prevent or treat some of the side effects of chemotherapy to help you heal after each treatment session. Talk with your doctor or nurse about which side effects to expect and what to do about them. Make sure to let your doctor or nurse know about any changes you notice during and after treatment– they may be signs of side effects that can be easily treated.


When should you call your Doctor?

Diarrhoea typically causes stomach cramps and loose, watery stools. Mostly it’s an inconvenience, but if your symptoms persist or get worse, it could be a sign of something more serious. Diarrhoea can also lead to other problems, such as severe dehydration.

Some signs and symptoms are more serious than others are. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Six or more loose bowel movements a day for more than two days
  • Blood in your stool
  • Inability to urinate for 12 hours or more
  • Inability to drink liquids
  • Weight loss due to diarrhoea
  • Diarrhoea after several days of constipation
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fever of 38.3ºC or higher
  • Shaking chills
  • If your diarrhoea doesn’t seem severe but starts to interfere with your daily activities, such as if you’re concerned about leaving home or going somewhere without a bathroom nearby, talk to your doctor. If abdominal cramping is keeping you from your daily activities, discuss this with your doctor as well.
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