Chemotherapy is so dangerous that it really should not be called medicine. In the short-term, it has debilitating side effects including stomach and muscle pain, mouth ulcers, headaches, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, nervous system disruptions, loss of appetite and hair loss.
Then there are the long-term effects, which are even more serious, and can include heart, liver, lung, kidney or reproductive system damage, as well as “chemo brain” – permanent memory, concentration and thinking problems. Experts also warn that chemotherapy greatly increases the risk of secondary cancers later in life.
All things considered, then, chemotherapy is a really risky way to treat cancer. Nonetheless, many frightened people still choose to expose themselves to these risks, believing that they really have no choice if they want to recover. What many of these patients may not realize, however, is that when they choose to undergo chemotherapy, they expose their families and caregivers to the…
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