Navigation Links
Childhood cancer treatment takes toll on hearts of survivors
Date:11/17/2013

Cancer treatment takes a toll on the hearts of child survivors, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013.

Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death among U.S. children, but the rate of survival has increased significantly from a 5-year survival rate of 58.1 percent in 1975-77 to 83.1 percent in 2003-09.

"Research has shown childhood cancer survivors face heart and other health problems decades after treatment," said Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., study lead author and a kinesiology professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "But researchers had not until now looked at the heart health effects of childhood cancer treatment while survivors are still children."

Dengel and colleagues measured artery stiffness, thickness and function in 319 U.S. boys and girls (ages 9-18) who had survived leukemia or cancerous tumors. Participants had survived 5 years or longer since their initial cancer diagnosis. Comparing the survivors to 208 sibling children not diagnosed with cancer, researchers found:

  • Premature heart disease, as demonstrated by a decline in arterial function, was more likely among the children who survived cancer.
  • Childhood leukemia survivors had a 9 percent decrease in arterial health after completing chemotherapy compared to the non-cancer group.

"Given this increased risk, children who survive cancer should make lifestyle changes to lower their cardiovascular risk," Dengel said. "Healthcare providers who are managing chemotherapy-treated childhood cancer survivors need to monitor cardiovascular risk factors immediately following the completion of their patients' cancer therapy."

The children in the study were predominately white, so the findings might not apply to other racial and ethnic groups, Dengel said. "

And because of differences in childhood cancer treatment protocols, we are unable to attribute the changes in vascular structure and function to a specific chemotherapy agent," he said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Bridgette McNeill
bridgette.mcneill@heart.org
214-706-1135
American Heart Association
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. New study identifies promising, achievable solutions to Nigerias childhood mortality crisis
2. Symptomatic behaviour in childhood strongly predicts psychiatric treatment as a young adult
3. Study identifies potential treatment for lethal childhood leukemia
4. Childhood Obesity May Raise Odds of Adult Liver Cancer
5. IADR/AADR publish studies on severe early childhood caries - proposes new classification
6. Could the Childhood Obesity Epidemic Be Ebbing?
7. Better health in adulthood starts with early prevention in childhood
8. Environment key to preventing childhood disabilities
9. Treating childhood obesity: A family affair
10. Pneumonia and preterm birth complications are the leading causes of childhood death
11. Experimental Drug Helps Fight Some Childhood Cancers, Study Finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/13/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Hard money lenders like Monroe Funding Corporation are able to ... be provided quickly. If the documentation and collateral are immediately available, it’s possible to ... federal oversight involved with a traditional lender, which allows loans to be customized and ...
(Date:6/13/2019)... ... June 13, 2019 , ... Clinical Ink , a global clinical trial ... Jonathan Andrus , chief business officer at Clinical Ink, has been invited to ... Health Policy on July 1, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The workshop, convened under ...
(Date:6/13/2019)... ... June 13, 2019 , ... ... BSN, CRNI and Charles “Charlie” Schadewald as the newest members of its board. ... members of NICA’s Advisory Committee. The NICA Advisory Committee is comprised of senior ...
(Date:6/12/2019)... NEW HAVEN, Conn. (PRWEB) , ... June 12, ... ... digital exercise therapeutic for people living with diabetes is pleased to announce that ... the Connecticut American Association of Diabetes Educators (CT AADE) Diabetes Educator of the ...
(Date:6/12/2019)... ... June 12, 2019 , ... ... in the U.S., today announced that its Chairman and CEO Paul Metselaar has ... award was presented last Wednesday evening at New York City’s Capitale as part ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/13/2019)... ... June 13, 2019 , ... ... has announced the new Smart Scheduling product, part of the HCHB Intelligence Suite, ... Scheduling product uses complex algorithms to create highly efficient routing, mapping and scheduling ...
(Date:6/13/2019)... ... June 13, 2019 , ... Port-A-Wall, an expanding innovator ... year anniversary. Offering a simple but effective solution to space optimization and ... categories—from home and travel use to large-scale emergency response to healthcare screening. ...
(Date:6/12/2019)... ... , ... Through their Sidewalk Angels Foundation (SWA), Marisol and Rob Thomas, have ... entire family from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. We are all at risk of ... , Through this partnership SWA and GLA look to raise awareness about the real ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: