The dangers of chemotherapy have been revealed in a ground breaking new study.
Chemotherapy is one of the main treatments for patients suffering from cancer, but the harsh way that it treats the body often does the patient more harm than good.
A new study has revealed how half of cancer patients actually die from the results of chemotherapy, rather than the cancer itself.
Public Health England and Cancer Research UK have published the results of a study following patients who were diagnosed with cancer for the first 30 days.
The Telegraph reported:
“In England, around 8.4 per cent of patients with lung cancer, and 2.4 per cent of breast cancer patients died within a month,”
“But in some hospitals the figure was far higher. In Milton Keynes the death rate for lung cancer treatment was 50.9 per cent, although it was based on a very small number of patients.”
The fact that some cancers are very advanced by the time the patient is already diagnosed means very little can be done in terms of treatment for them.
In was reported that one in five breast cancer patients at Cambridge University Hospitals died following chemotherapy treatments.
From the study Dr. Jem Rashbass said
“Chemotherapy is a vital part of cancer treatment and is a large reason behind the improved survival rates over the last four decades.
“However, it is powerful medication with significant side effects and often getting the balance right on which patients to treat aggressively can be hard.
“Those hospitals whose death rates are outside the expected range have had the findings shared with them and we have asked them to review their practice and data.”
The healthcare professionals involved in the study reiterated that chemotherapy does pose a significant health risk, and that this is explained to the patient before any treatment is given.