(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Pediatric cancer survivors are at higher risk for
high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, all precursors to heart
In a new study, researchers looked at data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor
Study -- which involved over 8,000 cancer survivors and nearly 3,000 of their
siblings -- and found cancer survivors are almost twice as likely to take
medication for high blood pressure, 60 percent more likely to take cholesterol
medication and 70 percent more like to have diabetes than their siblings.
“If the risk factors could be recognized and treated early, it is hoped some of
the long-term cardiac side effects could be averted," Lillian R. Meacham, M.D.,
medical director of the Cancer Survivor Program and professor of pediatrics at
Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., was quoted as saying.
Dr. Meacham said radiation treatment may play a key role in the development of
the cardiac risk factors.
“Some have suggested that when you are a cancer survivor, there are parts of you
that wear out early, so we need to be vigilant about our follow-up of these
patients in order to find these late effects early and intervene," Dr. Meacham
SOURCE: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomakers & Prevention, January 2010