Is chemotherapy hard on the heart?
Some types of chemotherapy (primarily in a class of drugs called anthracyclines) weaken the heart muscle from a buildup of calcium and other chemical reactions in the body that release harmful free radicals. Thus, chemotherapy side effects include cardiomyopathy (an enlargement) or congestive heart failure.
Which chemo is bad for your heart?
The following cancer treatments are more likely to cause heart problems: Chemotherapy with drugs called anthracyclines, including daunorubicin (Cerubidine), doxorubicin (Adriamycin, Doxil), epirubicin (Ellence), idarubicin (Idamycin), and valrubicin (Valstar)
How many rounds of chemo are normal?
You may need four to eight cycles to treat your cancer. A series of cycles is called a course. Your course can take 3 to 6 months to complete. And you may need more than one course of chemo to beat the cancer.
If you or a family member is currently receiving chemotherapy, whether in the clinic or at home, it is strongly recommended that precautions be followed in order to keep household members safe: Patients may use the toilet as usual, but close the lid and flush twice.
Is heart damage from chemotherapy reversible?
Chemotherapy-related cardiotoxicity versus cardiac hypersensitivity. Cardiotoxicity can be defined as a direct effect of chemotherapy resulting in cardiac dysfunction which may lead to reversible/irreversible heart failure.
Does chemo affect your breathing?
Chemotherapy drugs such as bleomycin can cause inflammation of the lungs, and this can also cause breathlessness. This reaction is rare. If you have a lot of bleomycin treatment, it can cause permanent breathlessness from scarring (fibrosis) in the lung.
What side effects does chemotherapy have?
Here are some of the more common side effects caused by chemotherapy:
- Hair loss.
- Easy bruising and bleeding.
- Anemia (low red blood cell counts)
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Appetite changes.