September 12, 2016

Chemo killing up to half of cancer patients in first month

Chemotherapy is killing up to half of all breast and lung cancer patients within the first month of treatment—although the drug is never cited as the cause of death, the first-ever study into the lethal effects of the drug has discovered.

Some cancer patients are “at substantial risk” of dying within 30 days of starting chemotherapy, say the researchers, and these include older people, those with breast cancer, and those whose drug therapy seeks to reverse the disease. Read more.


30-day mortality after systemic anticancer treatment for breast and lung cancer in England: a population-based, observational study - Lancet / NCBI

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