I first wrote about this surprising trend in March. At the time, I did not realize woman are at higher risk for pain and nausea following a stem cell transplant:
March 16, 2010 (Atlanta, Georgia) — Researchers have identified predictors of adverse symptoms in cancer patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and found that being female, having multiple myeloma, and being younger increase the risk for pain and nausea.
Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, presented the research findings here at the 16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing.
The researchers described the symptom experience of 73 HSCT patients over time, measuring 4 time points, from before hospitalization until 45 days after transplant. Of the patients, 52% had lymphoma and 48% had multiple myeloma.
The Symptom Experience Scale was used to measure 3 parameters (frequency, intensity, and distress) of cancer-related physical symptoms, including nausea, sleep disturbance, and pain.
In cancer patients undergoing HSCT, women experienced more pain and nausea than men; multiple myeloma patients experienced more symptoms than patients with lymphoma; and younger patients experienced more pain than older patients.
Read more by going to: Medscape Today-Women with Multiple Myeloma.
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