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Can chemotherapy drugs increase my risk of scleroderma?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Scleroderma has often been associated with exposure to certain chemicals, including some drugs used in chemotherapy treatment. Studies have been done that link the taxane group of chemotherapy drugs to an increased risk for scleroderma symptoms. The taxane group includes the drugs docetaxel and paclitaxel. However, the development of symptoms after chemotherapy is relatively rare, so these drugs are still used to treat cancer. Even though it may be a risk factor, the risk also depends on many other factors.

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