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Can chemo therapy causing stroke symptoms?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Yes

Many types of chemotherapy can directly affect the brain and cause stroke-like symptoms.
Some chemotherapy also increases the risk of blood clots, or the risk of bleeding, both of which may cause strokes. Be sure to tell your doctor immediately about these symptoms.

In brief: Yes

Many types of chemotherapy can directly affect the brain and cause stroke-like symptoms.
Some chemotherapy also increases the risk of blood clots, or the risk of bleeding, both of which may cause strokes. Be sure to tell your doctor immediately about these symptoms.
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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology

In brief: Maybe

Strokes result from blood vessel disease, coagulation defects, and metabolic abnormalities.
These are exactly the side-effects that chemotherapeutic agents may cause. But remember that cancers can also cause symptoms independent of direct brain involvement (i.e., metastases). Consult the oncologist administrating the drugs.

In brief: Maybe

Strokes result from blood vessel disease, coagulation defects, and metabolic abnormalities.
These are exactly the side-effects that chemotherapeutic agents may cause. But remember that cancers can also cause symptoms independent of direct brain involvement (i.e., metastases). Consult the oncologist administrating the drugs.
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