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Dec 18, 2005

Persistent Fatigue After Chemotherapy Is Rare

Persistent Fatigue After Chemotherapy Is Rare
Some of my friends who had suffered from breast cancer and had undergone chemotherapy have told me that they were very tired while receiving chemotherapy, but recovered very well few months after completion of chemotherapy.

This morning I was reading a new study, which showed that persisting fatigue after chemotherapy is rare. In this study only one in five women showed persistent fatigue after chemotherapy, regardless of the type of chemotherapy used. Some of these women had received regular chemotherapy while some other had received high dose chemotherapy.

This study comes from Dr. Elisabeth G. E. de Vries and colleagues at University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. They evaluated the effects of standard and high dose chemotherapy on factors such as fatigue, and hemoglobin level in 403 women who were disease free after treatment. These women were evaluated at four different time periods.

More than 60 percent of women did not complain of any fatigue during the four follow up points, while only 3 percent reported fatigue at all four points. Twenty percent of women have reported fatigue once during the follow up.

The mean hemoglobin level was slightly low in women who received high dose chemotherapy compared to women who received standard dose chemotherapy, but there was no correlation between hemoglobin level and fatigue.


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Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer ranks second as the leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Until recently breast cancer topped the list of leading causes of cancer deaths in women, but lately lung cancer has claimed the top position. If skin cancer is excluded, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among American women.

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