Breast cancer-heart disease warning called 'landmark'

The American Heart Association's document on the elevated risk some breast cancer therapies pose for cardiovascular disease

By Anne-Gerard Flynnagflynn413@gmail.com

Special to The Republican

SPRINGFIELD - Last week, the American Heart Association released a 23-page statement in its journal, Circulation, warning breast cancer survivors to be aware that some treatments can increase their risk for cardiovascular disease even long after treatment ends.

The document provides detailed information on how some breast cancer treatments may impact a woman's heart health., and calls for more funding for the emerging field of cardio-oncology. This field unites care of the cardiovascular system with that of cancer care and treatment. It advises providers that "long-term surveillance aims at monitoring those with preexisting and ongoing CVD and those at risk for late cardiotoxicity."

Springfield Medical Associates Dr. Jay Burton sees the AHA statement as underscoring the importance of survivorship care plans.

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