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  • hemmerjohn9 hemmerjohn9 Mar 15, 2013 12:58 PM Flag

    Seems like Cyberknife Treatments could avoid most radiation to Heart.

    I am not sure where the danger of radiation is in Breast Cancer Treatment according to the article quoted below, but if it is because the Heart gets exposed to ratiation seems like pinpoint Cyberknife Treatments could avoid most radiation to Heart.

    Quoting "Gupta Guide Must Reads:
    News you need to know today to keep you in the know

    Radiation for Breast Ca Takes Toll on Heart March 13, 2013

    Radiation therapy has value in breast cancer, but the benefit comes at the price of an increased risk of ischemic heart disease later, researchers reported.

    What this means, the researchers said, is that women considering radiation therapy need to have a frank discussion with their doctors about benefits and risks. For example, women with preexisting cardiac risk factors had greater absolute increases in risk, the researchers reported.

    Also stress to your patients the importance of follow-up care for all aspects of their cardiovascular health."

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