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Study shows radiation can be bad for a woman’s heart

…..”The radiation actually causes damage to the heart vessels,” said cardio-oncologist Dr. Catharine Malmsten of Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

A recently published report in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at women who got radiation treatment in the 1990s and the effects on their heart now.

“What they found is that if you had radiation exposure to the breast, you were more likely to develop heart disease,” Malmsten said,…

….”We know there’s going to be rays and fractions and radiation is going inside the body. We do know there’s a small percentage that will come in contact with my heart,” Childs said…..

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE TSUNAMI

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…….But even a relatively small amount of exposure to radiation could be dangerous. Although some researchers say babies who receive a small dose of radiation (equal to 500 chest x-rays or less) don’t have an increased risk for birth defects, a 2007 long-term study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that fetal exposure to ionizing radiation after Chernobyl impaired cognitive ability at levels previously considered safe……

MILWAUKEE —Breast cancer can be a heartbreaking diagnosis, but a new study says one treatment can be bad for a woman’s heart.

By Marianne Lyles

10:39 PM CDT Mar 21, 2013

WISN 12 News’ Marianne Lyles talked to a cancer survivor’s struggle with radiation and her concerns, like many women’s, for her health’s future.

Amberlea Childs now works for Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer.

A few years ago, at 36 years old, she was still a volunteer but found she needed Komen’s help.

“I had a lump that I had found, I detected myself,” Childs said.

It was a shock for Childs. She was newly engaged and in great shape as a spin instructor but also didn’t have insurance.

“I said, ‘I’m in a pickle, and I don’t have money, but I know I need a mammogram’ and through Komen support, they helped fund that mammogram and that was the mammogram that diagnosed me and saved my life,” Childs said.

She had Stage 3 cancer, and she fought it aggressively.

“I’ve received chemotherapy, Herceptin, which is a hormonal therapy, Tamoxifen. I did a lumpectomy. I did a bilateral mastectomy, and after that, I was not given clear margins. I did six and a half weeks of radiation,” Childs said.

But that radiation, she’s learned, could cause more health problems.

“The radiation actually causes damage to the heart vessels,” said cardio-oncologist Dr. Catharine Malmsten of Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

A recently published report in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at women who got radiation treatment in the 1990s and the effects on their heart now.

“What they found is that if you had radiation exposure to the breast, you were more likely to develop heart disease,” Malmsten said,

While problems with the heart can sound scary and very serious, doctors said they’re still focused on treating the breast cancer first and the heart condition second.

“What we really have to do is focus on the risk factors and try to prevent them from having their heart attack. So looking at their blood pressure, their cholesterol, diet, exercise, things like that,” Malmsten said.

Childs said she knows what’s ahead of her.

“We know there’s going to be rays and fractions and radiation is going inside the body. We do know there’s a small percentage that will come in contact with my heart,” Childs said.

She’s continuing with her healthy, active lifestyle educating others through her work at Komen.

“This is definitely something that Komen advocates, that each patient needs to work with their doctor and have a really open dialogue. ‘What are my risks? Are their short-term risks? What about long-term?’ Let’s not just look at right now,” Childs said.

Standing proud today about her successful fight against cancer, Childs knows her fight to stay healthy will last a lifetime.

The study also found women who were obese were more likely to develop heart disease than women who were not.

VIDEO on link…

March 24, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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