March 25, 2014
Sometimes the drugs we use can do more harm that good by causing serious Drug Injuries. A fine example of this is a recent study that was released on the long-term effects chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatments may have on cancer patients. Researchers found that while these medications and treatments may be effective in eradicating cancer from the body, they may also be causing serious harm to patients’ heart tissue.
Studies show those undergoing cancer treatment are three times as likely to develop cardiac problems as those not undergoing treatment. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death among cancer survivors.
So, what is being done to develop a solution to this problem? An article from Harvard University states the issue has given rise to a new field of study, called cardio-oncology. Individuals studying in the field are working to reduce the impact of cancer treatment on patients’ hearts.