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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.

  • Appetite loss

  • Bruising or bleeding

  • Depression or anxiety

  • Diarrhea

  • Hair loss

  • Infection

  • Infertility

  • Mouth sores

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

  • Smell changes, such as being more sensitive to certain odors

  • Taste loss

  • Tiredness or fatigue

The following are signs of excessive bleeding. If you notice them, report them to your doctor.

  • Unexpected bruising

  • 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.