Breast cancer treatment side effects could last for years

April 11, 2012 2:08:27 PM PDT
Treatments for breast cancers have advanced over the years, leading to higher survival rates, but a new study finds treatment-related complications are common in breast cancer patients long after their therapy has ended.

This study found more than 60 percent of patients had at least one treatment-related complications up to six years after diagnosis and 30 percent had at least two complications.

Complications included skin reactions to radiation therapy, weight gain, fatigue, surgery-related issues and physical limitations.

Researchers in the journal Cancer say we can no longer pretend the side effects of breast cancer treatment end after patients finish treatment, and rehabilitative exercise could help.