Therapy for essential thrombocythemia (ET) can sometimes produce side effects. For most patients, treatment side effects are temporary and go away once therapy ends. For others, the side effects can be more severe, sometimes requiring hospitalization. And yet, other patients never have side effects.
Before you undergo treatment, talk with your doctor about potential side effects. Drugs and other therapies can prevent or manage many side effects.
Chemotherapy Side Effects
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.
The side effects you may experience depend on:
- The intensity of chemotherapy
- The drugs used during therapy
- Your overall health and whether you have any chronic health conditions like diabetes or kidney disease
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
- Managing Side Effects
- Integrative Medicine and Complementary and Alternative Therapies
- Download lists of questions to ask your doctor
- FDA drug information webpage
- Download or order The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s free booklet, Understanding Side Effects of Drug Therapy