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Chemotherapy worsens women’s quality of life and poses nutritional risks – Jornal da USP

Chemotherapy worsens women’s quality of life and poses nutritional risks – Jornal da USP

These conclusions are taken from the doctoral research conducted by Bruna Ramos da Silva, supervised by Professor Alcio Afonso Jordão Jr. in the Graduate Program in Nutrition and Metabolism at the Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto.

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Curious about science #4: Chemotherapy worsens women’s quality of life and poses nutritional risks






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The study presented in Curioso por Ciência this week presents the findings of the research Evaluation of metabolism, oxidation and anthropometry in women with breast cancer, Which evaluated the effect of chemotherapy and its impact on the woman’s daily life.

The study was conducted by Bruna Ramos da Silva and supervised by Professor Alessio Afonso Jordão Jr. PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism at the Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto (FMRP) at the University of the South Pacific. In this study, researchers selected women who had started chemotherapy for breast cancer and followed their journeys for about seven months. They also compared the results with a group of women who did not have cancer and did not receive chemotherapy.

The results showed that although there were no significant changes in the women’s bodies during the study, a month after completing treatment, the breast cancer patients felt more tired, saw their quality of life decrease, worsened some health signs, and even gained weight. Women were also at nutritional risk. “This shows that even with excess weight, monitoring nutrition is important.”

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Curioso por Ciência is a co-production between the Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto (FMRP) at the University of the South Pacific, and Dr. Fisiologia Emerging and Radio USP Ribeirão Preto and São Paulo. It is broadcast every Monday, on Jornal da USP no Ar on Rádio USP in São Paulo, 93.7 MHz, from 7:30 AM, and on Jornal da USP no Ar – Regional Edition on Rádio USP Ribeirão Preto, 107.9 MHz, from 12 noon. It will be available on the home page of Ribeirão Preto in the Jornal da USP, just browse to Ribeirao.usp.br.