Common/general toxicities of chemotherapy

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  • if you mark “all of the above,” you are right 90% of the time

  • alopecia: our hair follicles turn over quickly, so we lose hair when rapidly-dividing cells are targeted (as is the case with chemo)

  • myelosuppression: our bone marrow makes lots of new cells, and this is affected

    • nadir counts (lowest counts) usually 10-14 days after administration

  • immunosuppression: wipe out lymphocytes

  • nausea, vomiting: GI, CNS toxicity

  • mucositis, diarrhea: GI epithelium turns over quickly

Category: Pharmacology Notes



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