Helena J van der Pal

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BACKGROUND The aim of this systematic review was to summarise and appraise the published evidence with regard to the frequency and risk factors of subclinical cardiotoxicity in apparently healthy survivors of childhood cancer after anthracycline therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS A search was made in Medline for studies published between 1966 and May 2001 that(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the long-term risk for validated symptomatic cardiac events (CEs) and associated risk factors in childhood cancer survivors (CCSs). PATIENTS AND METHODS We determined CEs grade 3 or higher: congestive heart failure (CHF), cardiac ischemia, valvular disease, arrhythmia and/or pericarditis (according to Common Terminology Criteria for(More)
CONTEXT Improved survival of children with cancer has been accompanied by multiple treatment-related complications. However, most studies in survivors of childhood cancer focused on only 1 late effect. OBJECTIVE To assess the total burden of adverse health outcomes (clinical or subclinical disorders ["adverse events"]) following childhood cancer in a(More)
PURPOSE Anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity (ACT) is a serious adverse drug reaction limiting anthracycline use and causing substantial morbidity and mortality. Our aim was to identify genetic variants associated with ACT in patients treated for childhood cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS We carried out a study of 2,977 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)(More)
The cumulative incidence of anthracycline-induced clinical heart failure (A-CHF) in a large cohort of 830 children treated with a mean cumulative anthracycline dose of 288 mg/m2 (median 280 mg/m2; range 15-900 mg/m2) with a very long and complete follow-up after the start of anthracycline therapy (mean 8.5 years; median 7.1 years; range 0.01-28.4 years) was(More)
Survivors of childhood cancer treated with anthracycline chemotherapy or chest radiation are at an increased risk of developing congestive heart failure. In this population, congestive heart failure is well recognised as a progressive disorder, with a variable period of asymptomatic cardiomyopathy that precedes signs and symptoms. As a result, several(More)
BACKGROUND The use of anthracyclines as effective antineoplastic drugs is limited by the occurrence of cardiotoxicity. Multiple genetic variants predictive of anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity (ACT) in children were recently identified. The current study was aimed to assess replication of these findings in an independent cohort of children. PROCEDURE .(More)
BACKGROUND This study assessed the long-term effects of cancer therapies on reproductive status in adult male childhood cancer survivors, evaluated the treatment-related risk factors for hypergonadotropic hypogonadism and assessed the association between the FSH levels and the later need for assisted reproductive techniques (ART). METHODS The study cohort(More)
BACKGROUND The use of anthracycline chemotherapy is limited by the occurrence of cardiotoxicity. To prevent this cardiotoxicity, different anthracycline dosage schedules have been studied. OBJECTIVES To determine the occurrence of cardiotoxicity with the use of different anthracycline dosage schedules (i.e. peak doses and infusion durations) in cancer(More)