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Tue Sep 18 00:47:04 EDT 2012

breast cancer june 2010, did six rounds of chemo FEC/D, glucose before chemo normal, increased gluc. while on chemo now diabetic, how common is this
Asked By: sharrananne  

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2012-09-18 19:11:31.0

Hello Shar
Thank you for bringing your question to dLife. You ask how common is it for a person to become diabetic after chemotherapy. I am sure your oncologist discussed the risks versus benefits of the chemo treatment for your cancer. Regretfully, sometimes the pancreas can be damaged during the treatment. I cannot tell you how often this happens but this is not the first time I have had a client with your history.

My hope is that you find support through forums and peer discussions and through good communication with your providers. Cancer is a devastating diagnosis and my hope that you can cope with your complication of diabetes with support.

Answered By: Rita Juray
Accreditations: RN, MLT-ASCP, CCM, CDE
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2012-10-16 19:34:25.0

I am a breast cancer survivor - six rounds of chemo - and do think there is a link. Chemo thrust me into early menopause and I'm sure messes with your hormones. But, I am an 11 year survivor and hope to be able to manage my Type 2 diabetes for years to come.
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