Side Effects of Targeted Cancer Therapy Drugs
Slow wound healing
By blocking new blood vessel growth, some of these drugs interfere with wound healing. This can lead to old wounds (cuts) opening up again and new wounds not closing. It can also lead to holes opening up in the stomach or intestine (called perforations). Tell your doctor right away if you have pain in your belly or vomiting.
Because some of these drugs can affect wound healing, they usually need to be stopped before any planned surgery, including dental procedures. Talk to your cancer doctor as soon as you know about a planned surgery or other procedure so you can find out what to do.
Some drugs can damage the heart, especially if used with certain chemotherapy drugs. Your doctor may test your heart function before starting treatment. Possible symptoms of heart damage might include chest pain, increased coughing, trouble breathing (especially at night), rapid weight gain, dizziness, fainting, or swelling in the ankles or legs.
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