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Can cancer chemotherapy contribute to heart failure?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Many types of chemotherapy can damage the heart.
The risk is higher if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or pre-existing heart problems. Doxorubicin (adriamycin), Idarubicin and Cyclophosphamide (cytoxan) are chemotherapies that are particularly hard on the heart. Trastusumab (herceptin), a monoclonal antibody given for breast cancer, can also damage the heart.

In brief: Yes

Many types of chemotherapy can damage the heart.
The risk is higher if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or pre-existing heart problems. Doxorubicin (adriamycin), Idarubicin and Cyclophosphamide (cytoxan) are chemotherapies that are particularly hard on the heart. Trastusumab (herceptin), a monoclonal antibody given for breast cancer, can also damage the heart.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Though chemotherapy may have heart toxicity, the medical oncologist may still decide to use the necessary drugs for a patient.
Each cancer has chemotherapy that works best and may be necessary. However with good evaluation of the heart with a cardiologist and echocardiogram, the oncologist can temper the dose if needed. If the heart is already borderline then other drugs are used.

In brief: Yes

Though chemotherapy may have heart toxicity, the medical oncologist may still decide to use the necessary drugs for a patient.
Each cancer has chemotherapy that works best and may be necessary. However with good evaluation of the heart with a cardiologist and echocardiogram, the oncologist can temper the dose if needed. If the heart is already borderline then other drugs are used.
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