Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cancer Treatments Offer Risks as Well as Benefits

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cancer Treatments Offer Risks as Well as Benefits

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Dear Doctor K: How can cancer survivors avoid cardiovascular disease?

Dear Reader: As more people are living longer after a cancer diagnosis, more people are coping with the long-term effects of cancer treatment.

I spoke to a cardio-oncologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. Experts in this field focus on promoting heart health in people with cancer, both during and after their treatment.

People treated during childhood or after age 65 are more prone to heart issues from cancer therapy.

Newer, targeted cancer therapies tend to have fewer side effects than older chemo drugs. But these newer drugs, which disable genes or proteins that cancer cells need to grow, can also affect cells in the heart and blood vessels and diminish the heart's pumping power. …

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