On the Toxicity of Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer – —the Need for Vigilance

Publication Name: Journal of the National Cancer Institute- Editorial

Author(s): John K. Erban , Joseph Lau

A study published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that advanced chemotherapy put patients at far greater risks of harm than adverse effect reports from clinical trial data reveal. “Researchers mined insurance claims for 3,526 women who had intravenous chemotherapy for breast cancer and tallied problems serious enough to require emergency care or a hospital stay.” They found: “Overall, 16% of women in the new study had at least one of eight side effects that required emergency care or hospitalization. Side effects also included blood clots, dehydration, nausea and diarrhea.”

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