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Side Effects of Conventional Cancer Treatments

Adverse Effects of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of toxins to destroy cancer cells. Chemo is absorbed into the bloodstream, and in most cases is administered through an IV or a port, but some newer pill treatments are also available to some patients. Side effects of chemotherapy treatment can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life.

Most Common Adverse Effects:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anemia
  • Low platelet count (Thrombocytopenia)
  • Mouth sores
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hair Loss
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Skin Blisters

Major Implications:

  • Infertility
  • Cardiac concerns
  • Long term fatigue
  • Hearing loss
  • Osteoporosis
  • Secondary cancer
  • Paralysis
  • Blood Clots
  • Peripheral Neuropathy

How Will the Side Effects of Chemotherapy Affect My Cancer Treatment?

Chemotherapy doesn’t just affect cancer cells; it also has an impact on healthy cells. The side effects also have varying degrees of permanency, ranging from short term to long term or permanent. There are a myriad of reasons why people experience side effects from chemotherapy, and they are tied to the type of cancer, the type of treatment, and the overall health of the patient as a whole. It is very important to document and track all side effects, as your treatment can be adversely affected if side effects prevent you from completing other aspects of your cancer therapy.

Alternatives to Chemotherapy

Given the side effects of chemo, alternative cancer therapies should be explored. Among the alternatives to chemo are natural cancer therapy and a range of holistic cancer treatments. Natural Horizons is an alternative cancer treatment center that offers a wide range of chemo alternatives as part of an integrated cancer treatment strategy. We start with a comprehensive health evaluation that assesses multiple internal systems. We then develop an alternative cancer therapy plan tailored to your overall health and the nature of your cancer.


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Adverse Effects of Radiation Treatment

Also known as radiation oncology, radiation treatment attacks the DNA of cancerous cells. This is intended to either kill the cancerous cells or slow their division rate. Many side effects have been observed as a result of radiation therapy.

Most Common Adverse Effects:

  • Fatigue
  • Skin irritation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Mouth and throat sores
  • Intestinal discomfort
  • Painful urination
  • Premature menopause
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen tongue
  • Persistent cough
  • Swelling
  • Dryness
  • Skin Blisters
  • Pain at the radiation or tumor site

Major Implications:

  • Infertility
  • Fibrosis
  • Heart disease
  • Lymphedema
  • Cognitive decline
  • Secondary malignancies as long as 10 years after treatment

Why Do Side Effects of Radiation Occur, and How Will It Affect Treatment?

Radiation therapy’s side effects are often thought to be less damaging than chemotherapy, but the risk of short-term and long-term side effects still exist. In radiation therapy, ionizing radiation is used to kill or control cancer cells. However, non-cancer cells also become a target of the radiation. A lot of variables come into play, affecting the presence and intensity of adverse side effects, some of which may vary from person to person.

Managing Side Effects of Radiation Treatment

Every patient has options when managing his or her cancer treatment. Awareness of side effects should play a role in choosing your treatment methodology. Your immune system can be compromised further if certain side effects materialize, and patients need to educate themselves before choosing a path to their cure.

Alternatives to Radiation Treatment for Cancer

As with chemotherapy, side effects of radiation can have a significant impact on your quality of life and your overall wellness. Consider alternatives to radiation when planning a cancer treatment protocol. Avoiding or reducing the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other conventional cancer treatments is a major goal of alternative treatment of cancer.

At Natural Horizons, you’ll undertake a holistic approach to cancer treatment. We’ll explore alternative cancer treatments, including natural cancer treatments, and develop a treatment plan tailored to your medical condition. To schedule a consultation and learn more about cancer radiation alternatives, please fill out our Request a Consultation form.