Doctors warn of heart risk from some breast cancer therapies


Prostate Cancer UK said the number of men dying from prostate cancer every year has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, with 11,819 men now dying from prostate cancer in the UK every year - the equivalent of one man every 45 minutes.

Its not just possible damage caused by treatment - the risk factors for breast cancer and heart disease also overlap and include age, tobacco use, diet, obesity and sedentary lifestyle.

However, it should not deter or scare patients from undergoing the cancer treatment, instead allow them to make informed decisions with their doctor on the best option available, Mehta added, in the statement published in the journal Circulation.

Ms Culhane said: "It's incredibly encouraging to see the tremendous progress that has been made in breast cancer over recent years".

Science is still working on combating the negative effects cancer treatment can have on patients' hearts, but drugs that can reduce cellular damage are being slowly introduced to the medical market. Myocardial strain imaging with speckle-tracking echocardiography is an effective predictor of cardiac dysfunction in patients receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer.

But Dr. Pina and the AHA said that women should not stop their cancer treatments.

The problems can occur in patients with healthy hearts going into treatment.

Doctors will study samples of your tissue to see how likely the cancerous cells are to spread - and help you decide which treatment is most appropriate for you.

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"Radiation therapy does have that risk of developing coronary artery disease, and it can be several years to a decade or more later", Mehta said. Antimetabolites can cause vasospasm that produces symptoms ranging from chest pain to heart attack.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology also now has guidelines in place for oncologists to consider regarding chemotherapy drugs and heart health, Rhee said. That's because the risk of developing a heart problem is lifelong with some of the treatments. Women have screening for breast cancer and this is one reason why mortality rates for prostate cancer are now higher than those for breast cancer.

Adherence to a number of ideal heart health behaviors or factors from the American Heart Association's' Life's Simple 7 is associated with a trend towards a lower incidence of breast cancer.

An interactive online tool has been shown to improve patient knowledge of breast cancer treatment options, compared with a static informational website.

Prostate cancer has become the third most common cause of cancer death in the United Kingdom, overtaking breast cancer, despite improvements in survival rates for both. She said that a breast cancer patient who goes through chemo for three or four months loses 30 percent of her fitness, gains 10 pounds and ages the equivalent of 20 years.

Although there are an estimated 47.8 million women in the USA who are living with cardiovascular diseases and approximately 3 million breast cancer survivors, many people regard breast cancer as the primary threat to women's health.

There are certain medications individuals can take to preventively combat their risk of both CVD and breast cancer, the authors wrote.