Breast Cancer Therapies Do Not Increase Risk of Heart-related Death, Study Finds

Breast Cancer Therapies Do Not Increase Risk of Heart-related Death, Study Finds
Although breast cancer treatments can cause heart damage, patients who receive radiotherapy or chemotherapy are not more likely to die of heart disease than the average population, a large U.S.-based registry study shows. These findings suggest that regular screenings and good risk management for heart issues in breast cancer patients are making up for the increased risk of heart disease and heart-related mortality associated with the therapies. The study, “Long-term heart-specific mortality among 347 476 breast cancer patients treated with radiotherapy or chemotherapy: a registry-based cohort study,” was published in the European Heart Journal. While breast cancer survival has improved over the past decades, treatment-adverse outcomes, especially to the heart, remain a major concern. "A number of clinical trials have suggested that both chemotherapy and radiotherapy are associated with the risk of suffering heart disease as a consequence of treatment," Hermann Brenner, MD, the study's lead author, from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, said in a press release. To determine heart-specific mortality in breast canc
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