For the first time ever, a team of researchers decided to look at how many cancer patients were dying within the first 30 days of chemotherapy treatment. This particular data would indicate that the medication was most likely the cause of death, rather than the cancer.
Data from more than 23,000 women with breast cancer and nearly 10,000 men with 9634 non-small cell lung cancer who received chemotherapy in 2014 was collected for the study. A staggering 1,383 people treated died within 30 days of beginning their regimen.
Chemotherapy is notoriously toxic and is heavily criticized due to its inability to distinguish normal, healthy cells from cancerous ones.