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[Morbidity of ischemic heart disease in early breast cancer patients 15-20 years after adjuvant radiotherapy]


AUGUST 31, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(08)

[Our aim was to assess the frequency of cardiac side effects, primarily ischemic heart disease, in symptom-free patients with early breast cancer previously treated with radio therapy. Thirty-seven survivors of a previous randomized study of early breast cancer were examined. Twenty patients irradiated pre- or postoperatively for left-sided disease (study group patients) were compared with 17 controls who were either treated for right-sided disease, or were non-irradiated patients. Radiotherapy was randomized in the original study; either tangential field Co-, or electron-therapy was delivered. A bicycle ergometry stress test with 99m Tc Sesta MIBI myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was carried out and the patients' major risk factors for ischemic heart disease were also listed. Our results showed a significant difference between the scintigraphic findings of the two groups. Five of the 20 study group patients (25%), and none of the 17 controls exhibited some kind of significant defect on scintigraphy, indicating ischemic heart disease (p <0,05). Radiotherapy for left-sided breast cancer with the above-mentioned treatment technique may be an independent risk factor in the long-term development of ischemic heart disease. The need to optimize adjuvant radiotherapy for early breast cancer by considering the dose both to the heart as well as the cancer, is emphasized. ]


  1. Semmelweis Orvostudományi Egyetem III. sz. Belklinika Budapest



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