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[MOL] Radiation for Breast Cancer May Damage the Heart

Radiation for Breast Cancer May Damage the Heart
    [05/20/2000; Reuters News Service]

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treatment with radiation can help
prevent breast cancer from returning, but for older women and
those who have a low risk of a relapse, the risks of radiation
may outweigh its benefits in the long run, researchers report. Even
though radiation can reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer,
it may increase the risk of dying from other causes, particularly
heart disease, results of a study suggest. Radiation has been
shown to prevent breast cancer from returning in the short term,
but the long-term benefits of the treatment have been less clear,
according to a team of researchers led by Dr. Rory Collins, from
the Clinical Trials Services Unit at Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford,

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