Fluid Retention After Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy or chemo is an effective cancer treatment because it destroys the fast-growing cancer cells. However, chemotherapy also affects healthy cells and can lead to various side effects including nausea and vomiting, hair loss, constipation, loss of appetite, and fluid retention.
Fluid retention may be accompanied by other side effects such as weight gain and shortness of breath. It can also cause your skin to feel tight and become puffy and shiny, and reduce the flexibility of the joints in the arms and legs.
How Long Can Fluid Retention Last After Chemotherapy?
Fluid retention after chemotherapy is usually mild and tends to go away once treatment ends. However, if puffiness or swelling persists after chemotherapy it’s important to let our staff know so that we can help you manage the condition.