Chemotherapy is a cancer-fighting technique that uses drugs to kill fast-growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, while useful, this treatment causes side effects because it also damages healthy tissue in your body. Common side effects include damage to your hair follicles, blood-forming cells in bone marrow, and cells on the surface of the digestive tract and reproductive system. Additionally, some chemotherapy drugs can damage cells in your organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, and nervous system. In light of this, doctors at Cochise Oncology will often provide you medications that help to minimize any off-target effects, protecting your body.