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  Life   Health  19 Oct 2018  Women are more likely to be affected by side-effects of chemotherapy than men

Women are more likely to be affected by side-effects of chemotherapy than men

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Oct 19, 2018, 5:58 pm IST
Updated : Oct 19, 2018, 5:58 pm IST

Even as the number of patients experiencing reduction in size of tumour was higher in men, there wasn’t much difference in survival rates.

While 81 per cent of women faced hair loss, 74 per cent men were affected by it (Photo: AFP)
 While 81 per cent of women faced hair loss, 74 per cent men were affected by it (Photo: AFP)

Health conditions like cancer can make life an ordeal but the treatment for these can also be a daily struggle. Chemotherapy is known to be a way to diagnose cancer but it also comes with several side-effects.

Now research has revealed that gender of a patient can play a significant role in how they are affected by chemotherapy. The study suggests that women experience nausea, vomiting and hair loss more frequently that men due to chemotherapy.

 

While 81 per cent of women faced hair loss, 74 per cent men were affected by it. On the other hand 41 per cent men suffered from mouth ulcers as opposed to 50 per cent of women.

Even as the number of patients experiencing reduction in size of tumour was higher in men, there wasn’t much difference in survival rates. This comes as further evidence of gender playing a role in treatment of cancer.

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