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Researchers Says More Cancers Patients Die Of Heart And Blood Vessel Problems Rather Than The Initial Ailments

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Researchers say More than one in 10 cancer patients die from heart and blood vessel problems, rather than their initial illness.

A study conducted by European Heart Journal looked at three million US patients, with 28 different cancers, over 40 years, and noted that the increase in the numbers surviving cancer means more attention should be focused on cardiovascular risk.

UK experts say doctors should be more aware and monitor patients accordingly.

Among the 3.23 million cancer patients studied, 38% died from cancer and 11% from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) – of which, three-quarters were from heart disease.

Dr Nicholas Zaorsky, a radiation oncologist, from Penn State Cancer Institute, who led the study, said knowing about the risk could help patients live more healthily in the long term.

“Increasing awareness of this risk may spur cancer survivors to implement healthy lifestyle behaviors that not only decrease their risk of cardiovascular disease, but also the risk of cancer recurrence.”

Martin Ledwick, head cancer information nurse at Cancer Research UK, said: “Doctors should be aware of this research as it suggests cancer patients need to be monitored more closely after treatment, for heart disease and stroke.

“But it doesn’t tell us why some cancer patients may be at higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

“For some, it might be treatment-related – radiotherapy to the chest and some chemotherapy drugs can lead to a higher risk of heart disease.

“But some of the cancers included in the study share lifestyle risk factors with cardiovascular disease – for example, obesity and smoking, which might also explain the increased risk. “This is another reason why it’s important for everyone to have a healthy lifestyle.”

Prof Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said the study offered further evidence that, compared with the general population, cancer survivors are at much greater risk of death from heart and circulatory diseases.

He added: “We need more research to understand why this is, and whether factors other than the known damaging effects of some anti-cancer treatments on the heart and blood vessels are at play.

“What is becoming increasingly clear is that cancer doctors and cardiologists need to work together from an early stage to try and minimize the risk of patients surviving cancer but succumbing to heart and circulatory diseases.” (BBC)

 

say More than one in 10 cancer patients die from heart and blood vessel problems, rather than their initial illness.

A study conducted by European Heart Journal looked at three million US patients, with 28 different cancers, over 40 years, and noted that the increase in the numbers surviving cancer means more attention should be focused on cardiovascular risk.

UK experts say doctors should be more aware and monitor patients accordingly.

Among the 3.23 million cancer patients studied, 38% died from cancer and 11% from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) – of which, three-quarters were from heart disease.

Dr Nicholas Zaorsky, a radiation oncologist, from Penn State Cancer Institute, who led the study, said knowing about the risk could help patients live more healthily in the long term.

“Increasing awareness of this risk may spur cancer survivors to implement healthy lifestyle behaviors that not only decrease their risk of cardiovascular disease, but also the risk of cancer recurrence.”

Martin Ledwick, head cancer information nurse at Cancer Research UK, said: “Doctors should be aware of this research as it suggests cancer patients need to be monitored more closely after treatment, for heart disease and stroke.

“But it doesn’t tell us why some cancer patients may be at higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

“For some, it might be treatment-related – radiotherapy to the chest and some chemotherapy drugs can lead to a higher risk of heart disease.

“But some of the cancers included in the study share lifestyle risk factors with cardiovascular disease – for example, obesity and smoking, which might also explain the increased risk. “This is another reason why it’s important for everyone to have a healthy lifestyle.”

Prof Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said the study offered further evidence that, compared with the general population, cancer survivors are at much greater risk of death from heart and circulatory diseases.

He added: “We need more research to understand why this is, and whether factors other than the known damaging effects of some anti-cancer treatments on the heart and blood vessels are at play.

“What is becoming increasingly clear is that cancer doctors and cardiologists need to work together from an early stage to try and minimize the risk of patients surviving cancer but succumbing to heart and circulatory diseases.” (BBC)

 

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