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Breast Cancer Radiation Before 1984 Tied to Heart Disease
Date:1/17/2011

tive consequences for heart health. Women whose tumor was on the left side (and were therefore exposed to radiotherapy on the left side) faced a higher risk for cardiac disease than those whose tumor was located on the right side, they found.

In an editorial accompanying the study, Dr. Ronald M. Witteles, of the division of cardiovascular medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, described the new analysis as both "convincing" and "important." He also cautioned that despite technological advances, radiation dosages used today among breast cancer patients "remain substantial." Physicians, he noted, should stay vigilant with respect to the potential harm such exposure can cause.

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For more on breast cancer and radiation therapy, visit BreastCancer.org.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCE: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, news release, Jan. 17, 2011


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