Side Effects of Conventional Cancer Treatment – Bone Loss

Mar 10, 2009 by

Side Effects of Conventional Cancer Treatment – Bone Loss

Conventional cancer treatment or therapy – either word is highly misleading regarding its effectiveness and safety – is woefully ineffectively and frightfully dangerous.

There are literally countless adverse and side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, cancer drugs and even surgery. Hair loss, nausea, organ failure, even death. Now, we can add bone loss to the list, too.

Conventional Cancer Treatment Linked to Bone Loss

by Reuben Chow

The adverse health effects of conventional cancer treatment are numerous, and some well-known ones include hair loss, loss of appetite, nausea, constipation and even organ failure. A recent study carried out in Canada has revealed that treatments for breast cancer and prostate cancer can cause bone loss, too.

Details and Findings of Study

Published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the study was led by Dr Fred Saad, who is the director of urologic oncology at the Universite de Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine and the Centre Hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal (CHUM), and its team included members from McMaster University, the Universite Laval, the University of British Columbia, as well as the University of Toronto.

All in all, the research team looked at and analyzed data from a staggering number of previous studies on breast cancer and prostate cancer – more than 3,500 of them. And they found that breast cancer patients who were undergoing treatment with aromatase inhibitors had a higher chance of developing bone loss and fractures, as compared to those who were not undergoing such a protocol.

At the same time, the study team found that prostate cancer sufferers who were undergoing androgen deprivation therapy experienced heightened risk of bone disorders. Such increased risk was consistently detected across the studies analyzed, with the elevation in risk ranging from 5% to 45%.

“Awareness of the incidence of cancer-associated bone loss raises issues for clinicians who should identify those patients who are most at risk for fractures and prescribe treatment strategies. This information is not only a concern for the specialists, but also for the general practitioners who frequently encounter these patients,” said Dr Saad.

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