Does chemotherapy increase cholesterol and could that cholesterol influence creation of breast cancers?

Yes, some types of chemotherapy can increase cholesterol levels.  Some research has suggested that elevated cholesterol levels, typical of those in a Western-style diet, may accelerate the development of breast tumors and exacerbate their aggressiveness.

Here is a link to a good article that discusses the types of chemo that impact cholesterol levels and ways to improve management of high cholesterol:

http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/side_effects/inc_cholesterol.jsp

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