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Will chemotherapy affect bone density?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Maybe

Anti-estrogen therapy for breast cancer, and androgen-deprivation therapy for prostate cancer can lead to decreases in bone density.
Steroids, often used to treat cancers, or to control some side-effects of cancer, can also lead to decreased bone density.

In brief: Maybe

Anti-estrogen therapy for breast cancer, and androgen-deprivation therapy for prostate cancer can lead to decreases in bone density.
Steroids, often used to treat cancers, or to control some side-effects of cancer, can also lead to decreased bone density.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Dr. Steven Tucker
Anything that affects the hormonal status of the body including classic chemotherapy will ultimately cause bone loss. Note that bone loss does not equal osteoporosis. We suggest cancer patients also get Vitamin D levels checked to maximize bone health.
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