Side effects of cancer treatments are more serious in women

2022/04/19 Galarraga Aiestaran, Ana - Elhuyar Zientzia Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria

Chemotherapy is one of the most frequent oncological treatments. Ed. Archival

U.S. researchers have studied whether there are differences in side effects from the main cancer treatments in women and men, and have concluded that serious side effects are 34% more common in women than in men. The difference is even more marked in immunotherapy, where women increase by 49%.

Cancer treatments can produce multiple side effects and many studies are done to learn how to mitigate their effect. However, the effects of chemotherapy have been investigated in particular and so much research has yet to be done with new therapies. His current research has therefore provided valuable information and has shown that it is a priority to investigate conclusions based on sex, especially considering that the most significant difference is in immunotherapy, an increasingly frequent treatment with which the best results are obtained for some cancers.

The research has been published openly in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In the end, it has been established that the final objective of these studies is to know how to act with the least possible damage.