What to Expect After Chemotherapy for CLL
Because these drugs are broken down by your liver and filtered by your kidneys, it’s important that you flush them out of your system after treatment. You may be given an IV solution of saline to help with that. After treatment, you may be told to drink a lot of fluids. It is possible that you will need antibiotics to treat infections or a blood transfusion to treat anemia. These problems can both be side effects of either the treatment or the leukemia itself.
The side effects from chemotherapy usually disappear when the treatment ends. Here are some of the more common temporary side effects from chemotherapy. The side effects depend on the type of drugs you take and the amount you take. Ask your doctor which ones are most likely for you.
Bruising easily or bleeding from low blood platelet counts
Fatigue from low red blood cell counts
Hair loss. This usually begins about one week after your first chemotherapy treatment. And it will grow back about 4 to 6 weeks after your treatment ends.
Infections from low white blood cell counts
Loss of sexual desire
Nausea and vomiting
Pain when swallowing; this should gradually get better as your white blood cell counts improve.