Background: This study was conducted to determine the frequency of amenorrhea after chemotherapy among breast cancer patients”.
Methods: Total 201 premenopausal females (having menstruation during the past 6 months at the time of diagnosis) of age 15-45 years and had confirmed diagnosis of breast cancer requiring chemotherapy were included in the study using non-probability consecutive sampling technique. Amenorrhea within 6 months after the completion of chemotherapy was labelled as chemotherapy induced amenorrhea. Data was entered and analysed using SPSS-23.
Results: The mean age of the patients was reported as 37.06±5.68 years. Majority of the females were married (86.6%) & multigravida (81.1%). Most of the patients (23.9%) received neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgery and radiotherapy. A total of 129 patients received Adriamycin plus cyclophosphamide followed by paclitaxel as chemotherapy regimen. Out of 201 females, 184 (91.5%) experienced amenorrhea after start or completion of chemotherapy.
Conclusions: The frequency of CIA was very high among breast cancer patients in our study, long term follow-up is needed to see input of CIA on future fertility.
Keywords: Breast cancer; Chemotherapy induced amenorrhea; Chemotherapy; Amenorrhea.