Incidence of heart disease in 35,000 women treated with radiotherapy for breast cancer in Denmark and Sweden.

@article{McGale2011IncidenceOH,
  title={Incidence of heart disease in 35,000 women treated with radiotherapy for breast cancer in Denmark and Sweden.},
  author={Paul McGale and Sarah C. Darby and Per Hall and J. Patrik Adolfsson and N O Bengtsson and Anna Michaela Bennet and Tommy Fornander and Bruna Gigante and Maj-Britt Jensen and Richard Peto and Kazem Rahimi and Carolyn W. Taylor and Marianne Ewertz},
  journal={Radiotherapy and oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology},
  year={2011},
  volume={100 2},
  pages={167-75}
}
PURPOSE To study incidence of radiation-related heart disease in a large population of breast cancer patients followed for up to 30 years. MATERIAL AND METHODS 72,134 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Denmark or Sweden during 1976-2006 and followed prospectively. Radiation-related risk was studied by comparing women with left-sided and right-sided tumours. RESULTS 34,825 women (48%) received radiotherapy. Among unirradiated women tumour laterality had little relevance to heart disease… CONTINUE READING