Drugs Used to Treat Cancer Patients May Lead to Heart Disease
March 24, 2014
Cancer can ravage numerous body parts and systems. While many patients suffering from the disease may benefit from drugs that are used in chemotherapy, new studies are showing those same medications may be causing Drug Injuries that inflict serious harm to the heart.
Experts in the field of cardio oncology have shown that heart disease is the leading cause of death among patients who have battled and beaten cancer. This discovery prompted researchers to look further into the side effects of drugs used to defeat the disease. They found many of the medications used in chemotherapy may be the potential culprits.
According to an article from WNPR News, the risks are only exacerbated in patients who used a combination of chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatments. This information has prompted testing that showed while these options are effective in reducing tumor numbers and sizes, it can also have devastating effects on heart tissue.
While all cancer patients go through a screening process in order to determine cardiac risks prior to beginning treatment, many experts believe the connection between chemotherapy drugs and heart disease need to be further examined.
The Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are hopeful a solution to the risks of using such dangerous drugs can be discovered soon!