Many Primary Care Docs Don’t Know Long-Term Effects of Chemo: Survey – Yahoo! News

Not too surprising given the amount of information primary care doctors need to have. I was more surprised at the lower than expected results for oncologists – but again, care after one is in remission is more in the hands of the primary care doctors, as in the case of many chronic diseases.

The main long-term effects studied:

  1. Heart problems from Adriamycin
  2. Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage to the arms and legs) from Taxol and Eloxatin (I have some of this in my feet from not sure which mix of ‘cocktails’)
  3. Early menopause and second cancers from Cytoxin (cyclophosphamide), which I have had a lot of over the past few years

One of the better tools I have seen is a follow-up chart for stem cell transplant patients to give to their primary care doctor. The other, of course, is to ensure that each of us discusses the long-term effects of any treatment with one’s oncologist or haematologist, recognizing of course that with many treatments, there is a trade-off between keeping us alive now and risks further down the road. To use Keynes in another context, in the long-run, we are all dead, most treatment is to push to long-run further back in time.

Many Primary Care Docs Don’t Know Long-Term Effects of Chemo: Survey – Yahoo! News.

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