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How does chemotherapy affect muscles?

Postby aeneas87 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:26 pm

When I was 8 I was given 3 different chemos. (I can't remember what there names were). And also received alot radiation all for prostate cancer. I'm 16 now and I was wondering what affect it might have on my muscles?
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How does chemotherapy affect muscles?

Postby ely » Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:40 pm

Prostate cancer is extremely rare in men under 50, and so rare in young men that there are no statistics available for the disease incidence in men under 35.

Over 80% of men diagnosed with it are over 65 and half of all cases occur in men over 75.

8? No chance.

From 2004-2008, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the prostate was 67 years of age. Approximately 0.0% were diagnosed under age 20; 0.0% between 20 and 34; 0.6% between 35 and 44; 9.1% between 45 and 54; 30.7% between 55 and 64; 35.3% between 65 and 74; 19.9% between 75 and 84; and 4.4% 85+ years of age.
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How does chemotherapy affect muscles?

Postby fremont » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:02 pm

Typically there is no real long term affect from chemotherapy. The radiation on the other hand can cause permanent reshaping of the muscle fibers and the tissue that makes up the muscles, scarification and remaining scar tissue ,and there could be some sort of dystrophication from vascular damage to the muscles--also a result of radiation.
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How does chemotherapy affect muscles?

Postby clifford » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:03 pm

It mostly kills cells in the body and effects the nerves which cause your hair to fall out and your muscles to weaken .
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