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Your child may need chemotherapy to:
Chemotherapy can work very well to treat cancer. But while they kill cancer cells, the medicines can also damage healthy cells. The damage to healthy cells causes side effects. Your child's cancer doctor (oncologist) will watch your child very closely for side effects. He or she will prescribe medicines or other treatments and give you instructions to help lessen the side effects.
There are many chemotherapy medicines. Some are used more often to treat cancer in children. Side effects of chemotherapy vary by medicine.
Side effects of busulfan (given by mouth or IV) can include:
Side effects of carboplatin (given by IV) can include:
Side effects of cisplatin (given by IV) can include:
Side effects of cyclophosphamide (given by mouth or IV) can include:
Side effects of cytarabine (given by IV or into the spinal canal) can include:
Side effects of daunorubicin or doxorubicin (given by IV) can include:
Side effects of etoposide or teniposide (given by IV) can include:
Side effects of hydroxyurea (given by mouth) can include:
Side effects of L-asparaginase (given by IV or as an injection) can include:
Side effects of mercaptopurine (given by mouth) can include:
Side effects of methotrexate (given by mouth, IV, injection, or into the spinal canal) can include:
Side effects of thioguanine (given by mouth) can include:
Side effects of thiotepa (given by IV) can include:
Side effects of topotecan (given by mouth or IV) can include:
Side effects of vincristine or vinblastine (given by IV) can include:
Before starting treatment, your child may have blood and imaging tests. He or she may have minor surgery to place a catheter or port. The catheter or port is used to deliver the chemotherapy medicines, other medicines, and to take blood samples. It prevents your child from having repeated needle sticks.
Preparing your child for chemotherapy depends on his or her age and development. Try to:
Your child may have chemotherapy at a hospital (inpatient or outpatient), the oncologist's office, a cancer center or clinic, or home. Your child may have treatment every day, every week, or every few weeks for a period of time. Treatment is given in cycles. This gives your child time to rest and recover between treatments.
Chemotherapy can be given in different ways. The most common ones are:
When having chemotherapy:
Before you agree to the test or the procedure for your child make sure you know:
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