5 Long-Term and Late Effects for Cancer Survivors

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3. Physical Effects of Chemotherapy and Other Drug Therapies

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This varies depending on your type of treatment, its length, and your own risk factors, but if you have chemotherapies or other drug therapy, it is possible to experience:

  • Thyroid complications
  • Heart damage/conditions (heart muscle injury, chronic heart failure)
  • Lung damage (inflammation, scarring, acute respiratory distress syndrome, lung failure)
  • Osteoporosis (low bone density)
  • Infertility, including premature menopause or premature ovarian failure in women, and low sperm count and testosterone levels in men
  • Loss of hearing
  • Secondary cancers, such as acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Cataracts
  • Impaired immune system function
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Recently, results from a Phase 2 clinical trial demonstrated that mogamulizumab promotes better response rates than standard chemotherapy in patients with adult T-cell leukemia-lymphoma (ATLL).

 

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