Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that can cause tumors in various parts of the central nervous system (CNS). There are two types of neurofibromatosis. Type 1, the more common kind, usually occurs outside of the CNS. Type 2 occurs within the CNS. Type 2 neurofibromatosis causes multiple CNS tumors, including neurofibromas, multiple meningiomas, bilateral vestibular schwannomas, optic nerve gliomas, and spinal cord tumors. Symptoms include loss of balance, tinnitus, total hearing loss, facial pain or numbness, and headache. Surgery is the standard treatment.
One of the main side effects is risk of infection . Chemotherapy temporarily reduces the number of white blood cells, which help fight infection. You may be given drugs to reduce your risk of getting an infection. Chemotherapy can also affect red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body, and platelets which help the blood to clot. Other side effects can include feeling sick , sore mouth and hair loss . There are different ways side effects can be controlled or managed. Always let your doctor or nurse know about any side effects you have. We have more detailed information on side effects of chemotherapy .