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Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivor? Had Radiation? Protect Your Heart…

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Appropriate early management of CHD risk factors and stimulation of physical activity and supplementation may reduce CHD risk in Hodgkin Lymphoma survivors.

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.

thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Radiation Dose-Response Relationship for Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Survivors of Hodgkin Lymphoma

“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.”


The list of health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) listed below may seem endless. And it might seem impossible for daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids to provide all the of the health benefits below but its not.

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.


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17 Science-Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • Omega-3s Can Fight Depression and Anxiety
  • Omega-3s Can Improve Eye Health
    3. Omega-3s Can Promote Brain Health During Pregnancy and Early Life
  • 4. Omega-3s Can Improve Risk Factors For Heart Disease
  • These include:
    • Triglycerides: Omega-3s can cause a major reduction in triglycerides, usually in the range of 15–30% (25, 26, 27).
    • Blood pressure: Omega-3s can reduce blood pressure levels in people with high blood pressure (25, 28).
    • HDL-cholesterol: Omega-3s can raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol levels (29, 30, 31)
    • Blood clots: Omega-3s can keep blood platelets from clumping together. This helps prevent the formation of harmful blood clots (32, 33).
    • Plaque: By keeping the arteries smooth and free from damage, omega-3s help prevent the plaque that can restrict and harden the arteries (34, 35).
    • Inflammation: Omega-3s reduce the production of some substances released during the inflammatory response (36, 37, 38).
  • 5. Omega-3s Can Reduce Symptoms of ADHD in Children
  • 6. Omega-3s Can Reduce Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome

    Metabolic syndrome is a collection of conditions.

    It includes central obesity (belly fat), high blood pressure, insulin resistance, high triglycerides and low HDL levels.

    It is a major public health concern, since it increases your risk of developing many other diseases. These include heart disease and diabetes (51).

    Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce insulin resistance and inflammation, and improve heart disease risk factors in people with metabolic syndrome (52, 53, 54).

  • 7. Omega-3s Can Fight Inflammation

    Inflammation is incredibly important. We need it to fight infections and repair damage in the body.

  • 8. Omega-3s Can Fight Autoimmune Diseases
  • 9. Omega-3s Can Improve Mental Disorders
  • 10. Omega-3s Can Fight Age-Related Mental Decline and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • 11. Omega-3s May Help Prevent Cancer

    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.

  • 12. Omega-3s Can Reduce Asthma in Children

    Asthma is a chronic lung disease with symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing.

  • 13. Omega-3s Can Reduce Fat in The Liver
  • 14. Omega-3s May Improve Bone and Joint Health

    Osteoporosis and arthritis are two common disorders that affect the skeletal system.

    Studies indicate that omega-3s can improve bone strength by increasing the amount of calcium in bones. This should lead to a reduced risk of osteoporosis (87, 88).

    Omega-3s may also help with arthritis. Patients taking omega-3 supplements have reported reduced joint pain and increased grip strength (89, 90).

  • 15. Omega-3s Can Alleviate Menstrual Pain

    Menstrual pain occurs in the lower abdomen and pelvis, and often radiates to the lower back and thighs.

  • 16. Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Improve Sleep

    Good sleep is one of the foundations of optimal health.

  • 17. Omega-3 Fats Are Good For Your Skin

    EPA also benefits the skin in several ways, including (101, 102):

    • Managing oil production in skin.
    • Managing hydration of the skin.
    • Preventing hyperkeratinization of hair follicles (the little red bumps often seen on upper arms).
    • Preventing premature ageing of the skin.
    • Preventing acne.

    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).

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