does Chemotherapy cause diabetes? Or, does certain chemicals in Chemotherapy cause diabetes?
I want to Thank You for this question. I learned something. YES, cancer therapy can lead to developing diabetes. This means that Survivors need to have their blood sugar tested regularly. Here is what I found out:
"......... 8 to 18 percent of all cancer patients also have diabetes, according to CTCA. Type 1 diabetes is linked to cervical cancer and stomach cancer, and type 2 diabetes is linked to breast, endometrial, pancreatic, liver, kidney and colon cancers. Treatment induced diabetes can be triggered by chemotherapy and steroid use.
"It is very overwhelming to a patient to be diagnosed with cancer, and then be told that they have diabetes as well," said Andrea Reser, RD, LD, nutrition supervisor/diabetes program coordinator at CTCA. "People need to know how to regulate their blood sugar while on a cancer-fighting diet, and we try to inform them in a way that does not overwhelm them."
Thank you for that info. Also, I Cancer survivor twice. The First time Testicular Cancer in March 1994 & a 2nd time in December of 1994 where I underwent Chemotherapy (Etoposide, Cisplatin, & Bleomycin). Do you also have statistics on Testicular Cancer Patients as well, and yes I am a Type II Diabetic.
Thank you in advance, for your time.
Here is what I found. Hope it helps:
"Testicular cancer survivors treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), researchers reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. These patients also are at higher risk for hypertension and diabetes."
"....... 9 times increased risk for diabetes. ....."
Thank you so much Starwish, for all that info. Do you have any other notes I can use. Basically, I ask because I had cancer while I was active duty (US Army Infantry) and, like it said in your notes about Andrea Reser, I just didn't pay it any attention when the VA (after I got out of the military) advised that I was diabetic and I had a lot of lifestyle changes I had to implement, if I wanted to grow old. Of course, I am following those changes, but it only hits me now that I was really young (25) when I was diagnosed a diabetic and that if you do become a diabetic, it is over a period of time. Not just within a month. So, I am taking my case to Veteran's Affairs (VA) to have them help out and also for my families future.
Thank you ever so much for your dedication and time.
I wish I had known that my Chemotherapy would cause my Type II Diabetes. I am post cancer 12 years now, and only found out by accident that I had diabetes about 4 or 5 years ago. I don't know how long after Chemotherapy that I developed the Diabetes so I could have had it longer that I suspect. I can't seem to get my numbers down, It pretty much staysd in the 200 or over range.I was on Glucotrol and glucophage. I am now on a new drug called InvoKana to replace the Metformin. I don't have the severe nausea that I had with the Metformin, but do not notice any better control. To top all this off I recently read a book called Dr. Mary's Monkey by Edward Haslam, and believe I now know where I got my Breast Cancer. It all made sense after reading that book. Contaminated Polio Vaccine. I was and am the only one in the family with Breast Cancer. The vaccine was not available when my Mother was young, but it was later, about 5 years after I was born. Now I have to worry about my daughter and her children getting any Cancer donated by my Genes.