Can childhood cancer survivors lower heart risks?

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Treatments that are excellent at fighting cancer can sometimes be hard on the heart. As a result, childhood cancer survivors are much more likely than others to experience serious cardiac problems as adults.

The good news is that survivors may be able to lower their risk of heart problems by taking specific action. New research led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital shows that cancer survivors may benefit from staying in a healthy range for blood pressure, weight, blood sugars, and blood lipids like cholesterol.

The findings are based on data from more than 10,000 childhood cancer survivors and were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. “For doctors who are caring for survivors, the key message from this study is that aggressive management of hypertension is especially important for this population,” said Greg Armstrong, MD, of St. Jude Epidemiology and Cancer Control.

October 10, 2013

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