How To Treat: Diabetes & Breast Cancer Patients Need More Intensive Treatment

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Diabetes & Breast Cancer Patients Need More Intensive Treatment
Breast cancer patients have more than 50% risk of death from various causes, especially if they also have diabetes.

The research was conducted by a team of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The researchers suggest that research in the future focused on the question of whether high levels of insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes can lead to tumor growth or not.

Lead researcher, Kimberly S. Peairs, MD, said that when patients are diagnosed with breast cancer, which they see as a major threat, can lead to diabetes care is often so overlooked.

He also added that the medical team should be more proactive in dealing with diabetes and cancer.

Peairs and her team conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of previously published studies on breast cancer and diabetes.

Results of this study showed that diabetics who also had breast cancer treatment less effective because doctors fear patients will suffer more side effects from chemotherapy or radiation treatments as a result of his diabetes condition.

In addition, patients become more at risk of infection, more frequent hospital admission, and / or anemic so that further complicate treatment.

Peairs said that the higher mortality rate also can be attributed to the fact that breast cancer patients with diabetes are generally less healthy than cancer patients without diabetes.

Diabetic patients generally suffer from obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Female diabetic patients also face a greater risk of toxicity associated with chemotherapy.

Peairs says more research is needed to reveal whether increased insulin production in patients with type 2 diabetes can worsen the condition of breast cancer.

A small study showed that the drug metformin, which makes diabetes patients more sensitive to insulin, thereby lowering the amount of unused insulin in the body, it has a relationship to the level of expectations of a better life.