Potential Side Effects of Chemotherapy for Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Side effects of chemotherapy are different for everyone and will depend on what drugs you receive. Your medical oncologist and chemotherapy nurse will discuss possible side effects with you before treatment begins. It is important to tell your doctor about any side effects you experience so he or she can help make your chemotherapy as comfortable as possible. Here are some common side effects that people with soft tissue sarcoma have with chemotherapy. Ask your doctor which ones are the most likely to happen to you.
Bruising or bleeding
Depression or anxiety
Nausea or vomiting
Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
Smell changes, such as being more sensitive to certain odors
Tiredness or fatigue
The following are signs of excessive bleeding. If you notice them, report them to your doctor.
Small red spots under the skin
Signs of blood in your urine (reddish or pinkish color)
Black tarry stools or blood on the toilet tissue after a bowel movement
Bleeding from your nose or gums
Vaginal bleeding not related to your period
Headaches or changes in vision
A warm to hot feeling in the arms or legs
Many of these side effects can be controlled. Most gradually disappear between treatments or after the treatment is complete. If you are having side effects, ask your doctor about the new drugs that can help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.