Saturday, May 08, 2010

Prostate cancer drug boosts heart disease risk

A common prostate cancer treatment may significantly increase men's risk of heart problems, according to a study conducted by researchers from King's College London and presented at a joint meeting of the European Cancer Organization and the European Society for Medical Oncology in Berlin.

"What we can do with these results is to raise a flag with hormone treatments," lead researcher Mieke Van Hemelrijck said.

Researchers compared the rates of heart problems -- from chest pain to heart attacks and death -- among more than 30,000 Swedish men who had received hormone therapy for prostate cancer between 1997 and 2006 with the rates among the Swedish population as a whole. They found that prostate cancer patients treated with hormones were 21 percent more likely to die from heart disease, 28 percent more likely to die from a heart attack, and also significantly more likely to suffer from other heart problems. The researchers concluded that for every 1,000 men receiving hormone treatments, 10 would suffer a heart problem as a result. Read more...

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