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

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

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Dr. Divya Banu M

Published At May 5, 2019
Reviewed AtJune 7, 2023

Patient's Query

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?

Answered by Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

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.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Rajesh Gulati
Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Family Physician

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