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What are the side effects of breast cancer treatments?

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Most breast cancer treatments cause side effects. Many, like nausea, go away when the therapy stops. But some may show up later. They're called late effects, and they include:

  • Symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes
  • Trouble getting pregnant
  • Depression
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in the way your breast looks
  • Trouble thinking clearly ("chemo brain")

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Shorter Radiation Regimen Causes Fewer Side Effects, Offers Better Quality of Life Than Traditional Regimen."

Penn Medicine: "Penn Study: Majority of Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer in U.S. Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation " .

American Cancer Society: "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?" "How is breast cancer treated?" "Surgery for breast cancer," "Radiation therapy for breast cancer," "Chemotherapy for breast cancer," "Hormone therapy for breast cancer," "Targeted therapy for breast cancer."

Giordano, S. , May 2012. Journal of Clinical Oncology

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Accelerated partial breast irradiation."

Susan G. Komen: "Tumor Profiling – Personalizing Treatment for Breast Cancer," "Late Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Shorter Radiation Regimen Causes Fewer Side Effects, Offers Better Quality of Life Than Traditional Regimen."

Penn Medicine: "Penn Study: Majority of Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer in U.S. Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation " .

American Cancer Society: "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?" "How is breast cancer treated?" "Surgery for breast cancer," "Radiation therapy for breast cancer," "Chemotherapy for breast cancer," "Hormone therapy for breast cancer," "Targeted therapy for breast cancer."

Giordano, S. , May 2012. Journal of Clinical Oncology

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Accelerated partial breast irradiation."

Susan G. Komen: "Tumor Profiling – Personalizing Treatment for Breast Cancer," "Late Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 13, 2018

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