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Cancer Treatment Induced Heart Disease

Cancer: Managing Symptoms | Last Active: Jul 11, 2020 | Replies (41)

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Hi Colleen. Just reading this articles and information about heart disease. My question is this what if you have heart disease even before you had radiation for lung cancer. I had a heart attack a few years before being diagnosed with lung cancer and copd. I go to mayo in April for my ct scans so is this something I should be talking about with my radialogist. I had radiation on both my upper left and right lungs. I

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Hi Joan,
I notice that Colleen has not yet responded to you, so I thought I'd jump in with my 2 cents. I absolutely think it important that you talk to your doctor about the potential impact of radiation on your heart. Regardless of which came first. If you already have heart disease, radiation therapy could help escalate an existing condition. And it might not. But you should certainly alert your medical provider so that they know to watch for the signs.