Although scientists believe patients and doctors should not avoid these treatments, they do think preventative measures should be taken to minimize cardiac issues.
They recommend that physicians slow down or alter therapy if heart failure does develop during breast cancer treatment. They also suggest generic forms of chemotherapies as they could minimize the damage. Additionally, doctors should be monitoring patients’ hearts before, during and after therapy.
There are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors and 48 million women have heart disease in the United States. Researchers are hoping their findings will improve the lives of those suffering from those conditions.
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