Features June 2013 Issue

Research: Cancer Treatment May Increase Heart Risks

Cleveland Clinic study finds that cancer survivors who had chest radiation therapy may face higher risks after having major heart surgery.

A new study from Cleveland Clinic finds that chest radiation used to shrink or kill breast cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers may increase the risk of developing heart disease in cancer survivors. And the risk can be elevated for decades after the radiation treatment. The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, also found that cancer survivors who had chest radiation face nearly double the odds of dying in the years after major heart surgery, compared with with similar patients who did not have radiation.

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