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Does chemotherapy increase cholesterol and could that cholesterol influence creation of breast cancers?

Does chemotherapy increase cholesterol and could that cholesterol influence creation of breast cancers?

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Yes, some types of chemotherapy can increase cholesterol levels.  Some research has suggested that elevated cholesterol levels, typical of those in a Western-style diet, may accelerate the development of breast tumors and exacerbate their aggressiveness.

Here is a link to a good article that discusses the types of chemo that impact cholesterol levels and ways to improve management of high cholesterol:

http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/side_effects/inc_cholesterol.jsp

 

Chemotherapy image courtesy of BreastCancer.org

Lisa Fielding
For the past 25 years, Lisa has enjoyed various roles within the marketing and advertising industry, including at femMED. A busy mom with 2 young children, 2 dogs and a cat named George, Lisa, like all working moms, strives to find the right balance between all things work and play. A firm believer in taking charge of your own destiny, Lisa is passionate about women’s health and encourages women to become their own health advocates.

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