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Breast Cancer Survivors May Be at Higher Risk of Developing Leukemia

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Disability Help Group

Many cancer survivors who undergo radiation or chemotherapy become disabled due to the after-effects of those treatments. Breast cancer is one such case that causes many survivors to develop extreme fatigue, cognitive disorders, and weakened immune systems leading to chronic diseases.

Recent research into the after-effects of treatments on breast cancer patients has revealed an alarmingly high rate of leukemia development following their breast cancer remission. Published in the CANCER medical journal, the research from the University of Chicago found that genetic disposition to cancer may increase the risk of developing other forms after remission from one.

The health of 88 breast cancer survivors who underwent chemotherapy or radiation therapy formed the basis of the study, which looked at genetic traits to determine the link to leukemia. One in five of the survivors had a mutated gene associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Additionally, the majority of them had personal and family histories that suggested inherited cancer susceptibility.

The cancer research community refers to the development of leukemia following breast cancer therapy as “therapy-related leukemia.” Doctors are working on determining how cancer genes relate to certain therapies to determine if there are any treatments that create a higher leukemia risk than others. These findings could potentially help doctors better customize treatments for cancer patients and give a better risk versus benefit assessment when determining a treatment plan.

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