Breast Cancer Drug May Harm the Heart More Than Thought

Analysis finds increased risk of cardiac problems with Herceptin in real-world setting

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Women need to understand the benefits and risks of any treatment, said Ann Geiger, an associate professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and author of an editorial that accompanied the study. "The study suggests the long-term risk for heart failure may be higher in women treated in the community than in clinical trials, particularly women who are older and/or have [other diseases besides the cancer]."

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