One of the most common therapies used to treat lymphoma is chemotherapy. Chemotherapy attacks cancer cells but it also attacks other cells in the body, so most people who undergo chemo will experience some side effects (though most side effects subside fairly quickly after treatment ends, according to the American Cancer Society).
Here are some of the most common side effects caused by chemotherapy:
1. Hair, Skin and Nails
Because chemotherapy attacks fast-growing cells like cancer cells, patients often experience sudden changes to hair, skin and nails which are also made up of fast-growing cells. Hair loss is a well-known side effect because it’s so visible, but patients also struggle with sore and dry skin, brittle nails, and skin discoloration.