Study: no increased risk of heart problems from breast cancer radiation

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 10, 2012 8:18 AM

(Philadelphia) -- New breast cancer research finds no increased risk of heart problems after certain types of breast cancer therapy.

Smaller studies have previously raised concerns about heart damage when women with cancer opt for radiation treatments.

Dr. Charles Simone of the University of Pennsylvania Health System is the study's lead author.

He says the study looked at the heart health of women more than 25 years after radiation treatments.

"It should really continue to be a standard option for women," Simone says. "This study hopefully should reassure many women that, at least for cardiac outcomes, there's no appreciable increased risk with radiation therapy."

Simone says patients in the study underwent extensive testing, including blood sampling and imaging.

He presented the findings at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's Annual Meeting.

Learn more about breast cancer treatments at Facing Cancer Together.

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