Study: Radiation for breast cancer can harm hearts

Mar 13, 2013 Full story:

Women treated with radiation for breast cancer are more likely to develop heart problems later, even with the lower doses used today, troubling new research suggests.

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Since: Apr 12


#1 Mar 13, 2013
Um, duh, radiation can harm people, not shocking news. But when you have the choice of certainly dying a horrible and painful death, and maybe having to limit activity, which would you choose? I'd prefer the radiation in that situation, yeah, I'd rather have a few more years than none at all.

Manila, Philippines

#2 Mar 14, 2013
This is indeed troubling to know. Hopefully they can find a way to lessen or remove this side effect.

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#3 Mar 14, 2013
I stopped when the article started blaming the patient by saying they should keep their blood pressure, weight and cholesterol under control. If they didn't CONTROL for those factors in the research, they should zip their lips.

This is a perfect example of the medical bias in breast cancer that says, "Have this treatment no matter what. I think it wokrs."

You want to avoid radiation? Many times you can by having a mastectomy. If you have some lymph node involvement, you may still have to have some radiation, but not in a way that will put your heart at risk.

Don't want a mastectomy? I understand, but I didn't want radiation on top of surgery, three kinds of chemo, Herceptin and an aromatase inhibitor. I was able to avoid six weeks of radiation and I jumped at hte chance. But each woman has to decide for herself.

However, articles that draw issues in that weren't in the research only reveal the medical bias toward the treatment in question -- in this case, radiation. That article tried to sugar-coat the truth, and as someone who could well have breast cancer again -- I don't appreciate it.

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#4 Mar 14, 2013
nurseamy12 wrote:
This is indeed troubling to know. Hopefully they can find a way to lessen or remove this side effect.
Unfortunately they tried by reducing the radiation. That didn't work, so now they're hiding the truth behind cholesterol, etc. Many times a mastectomy will allow you to avoid radiation -- but it's not guaranteed.

It worked for me.

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