Cardiotoxicity During and After Breast Cancer Treatment

  • Angela H. E. M. MaasEmail author


As cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the main cause of death in women worldwide, they are also frequently present in breast cancer (BC) patients and in late survivors. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and angiogenic therapy may induce cardiotoxicity and vascular damage. In the rapidly evolving field of cardio-oncology it is recommended that pre-existing CVD risk factors should be assessed in all BC patients and aggressively managed, starting at the time of treatment (or even before) and continuing throughout survivorship. The use of advanced cardiac imaging techniques improves earlier detection of cardiac damage and heart failure, enabling a more timely treatment.


Anthracyclines Blood pressure BRCA 1/2 mutation carriers Breast cancer Cardiotoxicity Cardio-oncology Chemotherapy Ejection fraction Immunotherapy Systolic heart failure Radiation therapy Risk factors Trastuzumab 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiology, Women’s Cardiac Health ProgramRadboud University Medical CenterNijmegenThe Netherlands

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