Child Cancer Survivors Have Higher Heart Risk

9 December 2009 (Last Updated December 9th, 2009 18:30)

Children who survive cancer run a higher risk of heart problems as aggressive cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy can harm the heart, multiplying the patient's death risk by seven, experts said. The US doctors, who studied data on 14,000 childhood cancer survivors, s

Children who survive cancer run a higher risk of heart problems as aggressive cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy can harm the heart, multiplying the patient's death risk by seven, experts said.

The US doctors, who studied data on 14,000 childhood cancer survivors, said many survivors receive no follow-up, according to bmj.com.

The UK has recommended heart screening every five years for this patient group.