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Peritoneal Mesothelioma Treatment Chemotherapy Side Effects

Side Effects from Peritoneal Mesothelioma Chemotherapy

When used in the treatment of peritoneal mesothelioma, chemotherapy can be strong medicine and the strain it places on the body can demand that a patient have a strong stomach, heart, liver, and kidneys. All are essential to help the patient absorb, circulate and then eliminate these chemicals from the body, while still allowing for recovery from the damaging side effects of the mesothelioma treatment. For many patients, evidence of systemic damage from chemotherapy includes reduced:

  • white cell counts
  • red blood cell counts
  • reduced platelets

Reduced Immune System

Because chemotherapy treatment affects the bone marrow where white blood cells are produced, many patients suffer some measure of immune suppression There are a number of drugs available which can help restore red blood cell production, boost the production of white blood cells or help platelet production.

Weak immune systems can be helped by taking flu shots, pneumonia vaccine and other such measures to boost the body’s ability to fight infection before the chemotherapy regimen begins. Even the secondary effects of chemotherapy - which include nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite, fatigue and changed taste and smell - can be aided with modern counter-medicines, which can ease these symptoms. Consult with your doctor about what options are available for you, should you be facing a series of chemotherapy mesothelioma treatments.

Maintaining awareness of the possible side-effects can help you or your loved one prepare for chemotherapy treatment. Contact the Mesothelioma Foundation for more information, news and support.