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Potential Side Effects from Chemotherapy for Kaposi Sarcoma

Side effects of chemotherapy depend on the type of drugs you take and for how long you take them. Since chemotherapy drugs lower white blood cell counts, you can have a higher risk of infection. These are some other possible side effects of chemotherapy:

  • Appetite loss

  • Bleeding

  • Bruising

  • Hair loss

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Mouth sores

  • Tiredness

  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

Most side effects go away when you stop taking chemotherapy. Drugs can reduce the side effects and help you recover from chemotherapy more quickly. Some side effects of chemotherapy may be increased by the antiretroviral therapies used to treat AIDS, but overall outcomes will be improved by the lower HIV viral loads and higher CD4 cell counts that result from highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).