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cataracts and chemo

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Has anyone had an acceleration of the growth of cataracts after chemo treatments? I finished chemo in February and cataracts have really grown fast. I talked with someone else who had the same reaction and I wonder if it is a common reaction. Thanks

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I do not have cateracts, but I have noticed a deterioration in my eyesight since chemo. I don't know whether this is a natural progression of bad eyesight or if it is attributable to chemo. Sorry I couldn't be of any more help.

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Many people develop cataracts after taking steroids, and steroids are usually incorporated into chemotherapy. My guess is that, if you were given steroids, they may have stimulated your cataract growth.

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I have a very good friend who has breast cancer -- had chemo and rad 7 years ago and cancer returned on the 5th anniversary -- has since been on chemo every 2 weeks for the past 2 years and recently (Feb) was diagnosed with cataracts -- in Aug sight was becoming a major issue and had her first eye treated on 9/20 and with dr visit the next day had 20/20 vision -- she will have 2nd eye done on 10/4 and hopes for the same results -- a very common side effect according to her eye surgeon

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