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Jan 9, 2006

Fatigue After Breast Cancer Treatment

Fatigue After Breast Cancer Treatment
On December 18th I have written about a study, which showed that persistent 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.

I was reading a new study, which suggests somewhat different results regarding breast cancer treatment and fatigue. This study shows that fatigue may persist for five years after breast cancer treatment in almost one third of patients. In about two thirds of these patients, the fatigue will persist, the results of this long-term study indicate.

Ganz, from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her associates previously reported that 35 percent of 1,957 women who were diagnosed between with early-stage breast carcinoma between 1994 and 1997-experienced fatigue for the first five years after treatment.

The results showed that 34 percent were classified as being fatigued. Among those classified as fatigued during the first survey, 63 percent continued to score in the fatigued range.

Further analyses indicated that depression, pain and heart disease were significant long-term predictors of fatigue, as was treatment with combined radiation and chemotherapy compared with either treatment alone.

Different studies may differ to some extent, in the results, but these two studies represent just opposing results, I would say.


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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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