Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Malignant Astrocytoma Side Effects

Common side effects of chemotherapy for astrocytoma include anorexia, nausea, vomiting and irritation of the lining of the mouth and intestines.

Nausea and Vomiting
Chemotherapy drugs that often cause nausea and vomiting include:

Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy can be prevented or controlled using general measures and medications. These include:

Irritation of the lining of the mouth and intestinal tract is called mucositis. It can cause painful mouth sores, diarrhea and prevent absorption of nutrients. Mucositis often occurs in cancer patients receiving radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Drugs that often cause mucositis include:

Home care measures for mucositis include:

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Last Updated: Nov 4, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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