Pardee Hospital

WIN 2016

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SHUTTERSTOCK C A N C E R C A R E Treat cancer— (continued on page 24) We want patients to have a good quality of life after they beat cancer. " ~ Dr. Benjamin Negin, Inspira Medical Center Vineland, Vineland, N.J. " By Sandra Gordon W hen you or a loved one hears the words "You have cancer," overcoming the disease becomes the focus of your life. Still, it's important not to lose sight of the big health picture. The fact is, heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. Some cancer treatments can take a toll on your heart health, so it pays to pay attention to your ticker during cancer therapy. DOUBLE WHAMMY "Some cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy or radiation have an increased risk of developing heart problems," says Dr. Monica Desai, a hematology and oncology specialist at St. Luke's Hospital Center for Cancer Care in Chesterfield, Mo. That's especially true if you have underlying heart disease or diabetes. By itself, diabetes increases the risk of heart disease or stroke two to four times, compared with the risk for adults without diabetes. You're also at higher risk for heart complications if you're over 50 and/or receive multiple chemotherapy agents simultaneously. The main heart problems that are associated with chemotherapy or radiation in the chest area include arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat), cardiomyopathy and protect your heart 2 3 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m W I N T E R 2 016 S P I R I T O F W O M E N

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