Q. Is it advisable to use Methamphetamine by a cancer patient while on treatment?

Answered by
Dr. Rajesh Gulati
and medically reviewed by Dr. Dr. Divya Banu M
Published on Mar 23, 2019

Hello doctor,

What complications could arise from breast cancer treatment (surgery, chemo, radiation, hormone therapy) if the patient is secretly using Methamphetamine? Can and should a DR refuse treatment if they know of a patient’s Meth use?

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Geriatrics Medical Oncology
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Methamphetamine is CNS stimulant, it can have a lot of own side effects, if the doctor is not aware of drug use, many of the side effects of drugs will be difficult to interpret for doctor, drug use can have interaction with chemo drugs and can increase toxicity of drug or under the effect of drug. It is a personal choice of doctor, he should refuse treatment or not.

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