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Cardioncology: Treating Breast Cancer and Heart Problems

Phyllis Johnson Health Guide November 21, 2010
  •   About two years after I finished chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation to treat inflammatory breast cancer, I started having trouble with shortness of breath.  Horrible coughing fits shook my body.  When I couldn't breathe, I could feel my heart rate increase.   The first thin...

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    Nov. 21, 2010

    Phyllis, I had no idea there was such a specialty as cardioncology. It makes perfect sense; like you, I remember getting the EKGs and other tests prior to chemo, as they said chemo could really put a strain on your heart. But I just figured if I made it through chemo and cancer, then everything else would be fine. WRONG. Who knew that 9 years later I'd still...

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    Phyllis, I had no idea there was such a specialty as cardioncology. It makes perfect sense; like you, I remember getting the EKGs and other tests prior to chemo, as they said chemo could really put a strain on your heart. But I just figured if I made it through chemo and cancer, then everything else would be fine. WRONG. Who knew that 9 years later I'd still be having chemo side effects? Luckily, I have a physical every year and my heart is fine; but your post has alerted me to the fact that I should keep chemo and radiation's effects on the heart in mind, just in case... Thanks. PJH

    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Nov. 22, 2010

      I imagine the older we get the harder it will be to tell if any heart problems we have are age related or chemo related.  Everyone knows you have a great heart!  Stay well.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Nov. 22, 2010

       Smile - Thanks, Phyllis - PJ

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