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The new study included 182 women who were an average age of 43 when they were diagnosed with lung cancer.
Of three patients who had targeted chemotherapy, one reported early menopause, according to the study. It was published online Aug. 29 in the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) journal Menopause.
"Premenopausal patients with lung cancer need to be educated about the risk for chemotherapy-related amenorrhea, menopause issues (hot flashes, vaginal dryness and bone loss), and the potential loss of fertility before chemotherapy is initiated," NAMS Executive Director JoAnn Pinkerton said in a journal news release.
Premenopausal women with lung cancer who want to have children should talk to their health care providers about freezing eggs and embryos, according to NAMS.
Lung cancer is more common in older adults, but women are typically diagnosed at a younger age than men. About 5,000 premenopausal women are diagnosed with lung cancer each year in the United States.
Early menopause occurs in 40 percent to 80 percent of younger women who've been treated for breast cancer, research shows. But there has been little information about early menopause rates after lung cancer treatments, the authors behind the new study said.
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