Navigation Links
Breast Cancer Drug Raises Risk of Heart Problems in Older Women: Study
Date:8/10/2011

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The breast cancer drug Herceptin increases the risk of heart problems in elderly patients, especially those with a history of heart disease and/or diabetes, a new study says.

Researchers analyzed the medical records of 45 women, ages 70 to 92, who were treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) since 2005 and found that 12 (26.7 percent) of them developed heart problems caused by the drug.

That rate is slightly higher than what was noted in earlier clinical trials of younger, healthier women.

In this new study, 33 percent of the women with a history of heart disease developed either asymptomatic or symptomatic heart problems as a result of taking Herceptin, compared with 9.1 percent of women without a history of heart disease.

The researchers also found that about 33 percent of women with diabetes developed heart problems, compared with 6 percent of diabetes-free women.

When the women with heart problems stopped taking Herceptin, all but one recovered fully and five were able to re-start treatment with the drug.

The study appears in the journal Annals of Oncology.

"This is the first study specifically to assess trastuzumab-related cardiac toxicity and the cardiovascular factors that are associated with an increased risk in a selected population of elderly breast cancer patients," study author Dr. Cesar Serrano, who conducted the research while working as a clinical fellow at the Department of Medical Oncology Breast Cancer Centre at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, said in a journal news release.

"Trastuzumab is generally well-tolerated and, although there are some concerns about it causing heart problems, until now few risk factors have been identified among patients in clinical trials, most of whom are usually younger than 70 years and have good general health. Our study has demonstrated a significantly increased incidence of cardiac events among patients aged 70 and over with cardiovascular risk factors such as a history of cardiac disease and diabetes," said Serrano, who is now a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Serrano said the findings suggest that elderly women with one or more heart risk factors who are being treated with trastuzumab should be referred to a cardiologist. He also recommended closer monitoring of such patients for possible heart problems.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about breast cancer treatment.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Annals of Oncology, news release, Aug. 9, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Counseling May Help Women at Risk for Breast Cancer Gene
2. Research links diet during pregnancy to breast cancer risk reduction in female offspring
3. Fighting breast cancer from new angles
4. Research explores how breast cancer spreads and new ways to treat it
5. Progress made in understanding breast cancer risk
6. Support for Breast-Feeding Found Lacking in Many U.S. Hospitals
7. Leukemia drug reverses tamoxifen-resistance in breast cancer cells
8. ACR and SBI issue statement on British Medical Journal article on effect of mammography on breast cancer death rates
9. Drop in Breast Cancer Death Rates May Not Be Linked to Screening Rates
10. Tamoxifen Wards Off Breast Cancers Return for More Than a Decade
11. Popular mammography tool not effective for finding invasive breast cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Breast Cancer Drug Raises Risk of Heart Problems in Older Women: Study
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... Two years ago, Arizona State University ... live by 1 million viewers and won numerous honors, including the region’s top ... the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication are following up their ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... the launch of its 60-day free trial program for all of the company’s ... the offer a truly hassle free experience. , FlexiSpot’s unique desktop risers use ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... of two ostomy patients, standing as living proof that attitude and determination can ... diseases and issues that spike around the holidays. This campaign will offer patients ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... The PAINWeekEnd Regional Conference will ... Spa in Honolulu, offering local frontline clinicians the opportunity to extend their certified ... demand for supplemental training related to pain management has surged dramatically in recent ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... "Pro3rd Accents ... FCPX editors to create versatile lower third titles with just a few clicks of ... Accents Volume 2 includes 30 lower third animations. Choose from various styles with accented ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... ALEXANDRIA, Va. , Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... year by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy ... care organizations can better address the opioid addiction ... Medication Assisted Therapies (MAT). ATAG,s newly ... in Improving Access to Naloxone," addresses many issues ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2016  Maxor National Pharmacy Services, LLC ("Maxor"), today announced ... ("PSI").  The combination of Texas -based Maxor ... PSI bring together both company,s clinical expertise and high-touch patient ... industry-leading specialty pharmacy. About Maxor ... , , ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , Dec. 2, 2016 CVS Health Corporation ... Analyst Day in New York City on Thursday, December 15, 2016, beginning ... leadership team will provide an in-depth review of the ... value. The company will also discuss 2017 earnings guidance ... webcast of the event will be broadcast simultaneously on ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: