Breast Cancer Treatment Linked to Functional Decline in Older Women

Older women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer have a higher risk of experiencing a decline in their ability to function physically.

Older women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer have a higher risk of experiencing a decline in their ability to function physically, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The effect of chemotherapy on functional status can be critical for older adults, as declining function can inhibit the ability to live independently and perform daily activities. Additionally, previous studies have shown that older individuals with breast cancer who demonstrated a decline in physical function in the first 2 years after diagnosis had poorer 10-year survival.

For the study, the researchers aimed to detect common changes in patients’ ability to perform daily activities after receiving chemotherapy and to pinpoint why some women recovered their ability to function normally and others did not.

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