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Something to think about...love, Joicy



Side Effects Limiting Chemotherapy
    [04/28/99; Associated Press]

WASHINGTON (AP) - New research suggests up to one-fifth 
of breast cancer patients may not be getting optimal 
doses of chemotherapy needed for the best chance
of survival. The reason: side effects. Doctors prescribe the right
amount of chemotherapy, but may lower the dose mid-treatment
or postpone chemotherapy sessions when women suffer serious side
effects, a practice that could have a larger impact than realized,
says a study of the medical records of 15,000 patients. Switching
to a newer combination of chemotherapy drugs could give patients
a better chance of tolerating the full dose, said Dr. Garrett
A. Smith of the University of California, San Francisco, whose
patients were among those the study analyzed.

The full article can be found at:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/ap/health/story.html?s=v/ap/19990428/hl
/undertreated_cancer_2.html


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