How does Chemo cause stokes?

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How does Chemo cause stokes?

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Linda Ackerman, R.N. has clinical experience in oncology, women's health, and medical nursing. She has been practicing for more than 20 years and is a licensed registered nurse in both Florida and Wisconsin. In addition, she serves as a board member of Breast Cancer Recovery and the Wisconsin Cancer Council.

Many chemotherapy drugs work on a cellular level by killing cancer cells to prevent the cancer from spreading. However, when these drugs kill the cancer cells they are also interfering with the ability of healthy cells to reproduce.

One of the side effects that can occur while undergoing chemotherapy treatment is low platelet counts, if your platelet counts are low, excess bleeding can occur which in turn could increase the risk of one type of stroke (hemorrhagic).

In addition, some cancer tumors can contribute to an increase risk for strokes, for example a tumor that compresses or occludes cerebral vessels, could increase the risk for an ischemic stroke.

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