The bad news is that if you underwent radiation therapy for to treat Hodgkin Lymphoma your risks of heart disease are increasing annually. The good news? You can do something about it. I underwent treatment for a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. I underwent a chemo called adriamycin in the Spring of ’95 and cytoxan in the fall of the same year. Both chemotherapy regimens cause heart damage among other things. I developed chronic atrial fibrillation in the fall of 2010.
Once I developed A-fib I began researching evidence-based, non-toxic therapies for heart health. The study linked and excerpted below cites exercise as a therapy. I do that daily in addition to nutrition and heart healthy supplementation.
The good news is that I just had a complete work-up with two different cardiologists over the past two months (fall of 2015). My echo, ekg, etc. tests confirm that my ejection fraction is stable. My distending aortic root has NOT grown since my last echo in 2006.
I’m not saying that my heart function is normal. I’m saying that my long list on non-coventional therapies such as frequent moderate exercise, CoQ10, omega 3 fatty acids and others, is keeping my chemo-induced heart damage from getting worse. Scroll down to read the many health benefits provided by omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.
I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. For more information about therapies to manage chemo-induced or radiation-induced heart damage scroll down the page and post a question. I will reply ASAP.
“Purpose- Cardiovascular diseases are increasingly recognized as late effects of Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) treatment. The purpose of this study was to identify the risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD) and to quantify the effects of radiation dose to the heart, chemotherapy, and other cardiovascular risk factors…
Conclusion: The linear radiation dose-response relationship identified can be used to predict CHD risk for future HL patients and survivors. Appropriate early management of CHD risk factors and stimulation of physical activity may reduce CHD risk in HL survivors.”
I’m a long-term cancer survivor living with chemobrain, chemo-induced heart damage, radiation-induced nerve damage and a risk of treatment related secondary cancers. I believe that omega 3 fatty acid supplementation helps me maintain my health each and every day.
I take one capsule daily of Life Extension Super Omega 3 EPA/DHA with Sesame Lignans and Olive Fruit to insure all I get all of the health benefits below and I encourage you to do so as well.
Metabolic syndrome is a collection of conditions.
It is a major public health concern, since it increases your risk of developing many other diseases. These include heart disease and diabetes (51).
Inflammation is incredibly important. We need it to fight infections and repair damage in the body.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the Western world, and omega-3 fatty acids have long been claimed to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease with symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing.
Menstrual pain occurs in the lower abdomen and pelvis, and often radiates to the lower back and thighs.
Good sleep is one of the foundations of optimal health.
Omega-3s can also protect your skin from sun damage. EPA helps block the release of substances that eat away at the collagen in your skin after sun exposure (101).