Cardiovascular disease leading cause of death in women with breast cancer
US study finds around 90% patients with early or advanced stage disease had at least one cardiac-related co-morbidity
Recent improvements in cancer treatment outcomes and the supportive management of adverse events and morbid side effects means that underlying cardiovascular disease has now replaced the original malignant disease related mortality as the foremost cause of death in women with breast cancer.
In this American study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers examined data from more than a decade of breast cancer trials from the Southwest Oncology Group to establish the correlation between cardiovascular risk factors, ischaemic heart events or failure and long-term cancer survival.
The information from almost 1,500 older adult patients participating in trials from 1999 to 2011 was appraised. The median follow-up period was six years.
Around nine in ten patients (87%) with...
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