Breast cancer therapies can raise heart risks, doctors warn

Some breast cancer treatments may raise the risk of heart disease, according to a warning issued by the American Heart Association. Patients should still undergo lifesaving treatments but not neglect their heart health, doctors say.
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Adjuvant whole-breast radiotherapy is a recommended part of breast-cancer therapy after breast-conserving surgery. It reduces the recurrence rates of breast cancer, specific mortality from breast cancer as well as the overall mortality [1]. However, breast-cancer radiotherapy also increases the incidence of second cancers, mainly in the contralateral breast and in the lungs. Especially for left-sided tumours it also increases the mortality through heart disease [1,2].
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer are major causes of death in Japan. As most CVDs are chronic and often aggravate, long-term follow-up is necessary. Although some cancer patients and survivors have CVD, its prognostic significance and prevalence are unknown. Therefore, we conducted a retrospective study at our center to determine the prevalence of cancer patients with CVD. METHODS: In 2015, our 10-year (2005-2014) cancer registry was summarized. Comorbidities including left ventricular dysfunction, atrial fibrillation (AF), ischemic heart disease, aortic stenosis, venous thromboemb...
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(German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ)) Many breast cancer therapies cause damage to the heart. However, in the largest study of its kind so far, scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg have now shown that the risk of death from heart disease in breast cancer patients following radiotherapy or chemotherapy is no higher than it is among the average population. Good risk management in the hospitals as well as control screenings at short intervals seem to make up for elevated risks.
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Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research,2018,9,1,1-4.DOI:10.5530/jcdr.2018.1.1Published:March 2018Type:Review ArticleBreast Cancer and the Heart: Burden on the ChestAjit Singh,Hashir Kareem,Tom Devasia,Kanav Khera,Sheetal Chauhan,Yeswanth Rao K,andGanesh PAjit Singh*1, Hashir Kareem1, Tom Devasia1, Kanav Khera2, Sheetal Chauhan3, Yeswanth Rao K3, Ganesh P11Department of Cardiology, Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, INDIA.2Department of Pharmacy Practice, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, INDIA...
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In this study we demonstrate the use of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-based epigenome editing to alter cell response to inflammatory environments by repressing inflammatory cytokine cell receptors, specifically TNFR1 and IL1R1. This has applications for many inflammatory-driven diseases. It could be applied for arthritis or to therapeutic cells that are being delivered to inflammatory environments that need to be protected from inflammation." In chronic back pain, for example, slipped or herniated discs are a result of damaged tissue when inflammation causes cells to create ...
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Conclusions: The occurrence of MI is very low in this cohort (4.4%), reassuring the clinicians that the older adults with comorbidities may not be at a higher risk of MI with adjuvant endocrine therapy. However, the confidence interval for the hazard ratio of AIs vs Tamoxifen is very wide, indicating that a larger sample may be needed for the power of the study to be conclusive.Citation Format: Kamaraju S, Smith E, Shi Y, Laud P, Neuner J. Are aromatase inhibitors associated with higher myocardial infarction risk in breast cancer patients? A Medicare population study [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the Thirty-Ninth Annual C...
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With advances in diagnosis and treatment, breast cancer has become an increasingly survivable disease with a growing population of long-term survivors. As an essential component of breast conservation therapy, radiotherapy is a standard treatment for many women with stage I/II breast cancer. Cardiac radiation exposure has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Among these are coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease, and pericardial disease. Microvascular changes and accelerated atherosclerosis are likely the primary underlying mechanisms of radiation induced cardiovascula...
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This study builds on preliminary findings from the first phase of the INTERSTROKE study, which identified ten modifiable risk factors for stroke in 6,000 participants from 22 countries. The full-scale INTERSTROKE study included an additional 20,000 individuals from 32 countries in Europe, Asia, America, Africa and Australia, and sought to identify the main causes of stroke in diverse populations, young and old, men and women, and within subtypes of stroke. To estimate the proportion of strokes caused by specific risk factors, the investigators calculated the population attributable risk for each factor (PAR; an esti...
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WebMD wasn't a research option when Ivy Brown was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1974, so her mother looked up her 12-year-old daughter's condition the old-fashioned way, in a hardcover medical volume. "It just said 'fatal,'" Brown explained. Having moved the family to London a month earlier, Brown's parents were still trying to liaise with her pediatrician in the U.S. "My father told me recently that he was sleeping with the phone on his stomach because of the time change," she said. "They were as scared as you can be when you have a child who you think you might lose," Brown explained....
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