What are possible adverse effects of chemotherapy for non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)?

Updated: Jul 15, 2021
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD  more...
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Chemotherapy can give rise to various adverse effects, as follows:

  • Febrile neutropenia or bleeding from bone marrow suppression
  • Hyponatremia or hypomagnesemia from cisplatin nephrotoxicity
  • Renal failure or ototoxicity from cisplatin
  • Peripheral neuropathy from cisplatin, paclitaxel, and vinorelbine

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