Heart disease and breast cancer
Dr YT Singh explains that heart disease is the reason why
breast cancer patients due to receive cardiotoxic therapy
need a cardiovascular assessment before,
during and after cancer treatment.
Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women. There is a one-in-eight chance of women being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
Happily, due to excellent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, breast cancer patients are being cured in 90% of cases.
However, breast cancer is not the main cause of death in women, cardiovascular disease (heart disease) is.
And to make it a double whammy, the drugs used to treat breast cancer just happen to be cardiotoxic in many instances;
that is, they may cause heart problems…