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Women with Lung Cancer may Experience Early Menopause due to Chemotherapy
The rate of lung cancer diagnoses in men has been decreasing but it has risen in women. Lung cancer even surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in US women. According to a new study, chemotherapy may cause acute amenorrhea causing early menopause in women with lung cancer. The researchers have used information from questionnaires sent to 2735 women diagnosed with lung cancer between 1999 an 2016. Out of these, 182 women identified as premenopausal at diagnosis and 85 of them had received chemotherapy. According to Elizabeth Cathcart-Rake, MD of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, 64% of women who received chemotherapy began menopause during the year post-diagnosis. Most of the women who went for chemotherapy received platinum chemotherapy agents like cisplatin and carboplatin. In the study, two-third of women also received taxane agents such as paclitaxel and docetaxel, 29% received other chemotherapy agents including epothilone. More definitive research is needed as