Lymphoma Auto SCT heart damage-

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I don’t know what’s more frightening, the fact that lymphoma patients who have had a auto SCT have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease or that you may already have cardiovascular disease and not know it.

One of three lymphoma survivors with LVSD was asymptomatic and had peak oxygen consumption similar to of the general population.”

I am a long-term survivor of the blood cancer called multiple myeloma. Like lymphoma, this cancer is also a blood cancer but it is different from lymphoma. However I did undergo an autologus stem cell transplant in 12/95.

I developed chronic atrial fibrillation (a-fib) in the fall of 2010. This is what’s called a “late stage” side effect. It happened 15 years after my ASCT. Yes, it is ¬†ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD).

The good news is that this side effect can be managed. Studies support CoQ10 supplementation, omega 3 fatty acid supplementation, resveritrol supplementation, and curcumin supplementation.

I’ve researched and supplement with and recommend these specific brands for their formula/efficacy, price and availability:

For questions about other integrative supplementation, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.

thank you,

David Emerson

Heart Damage in Patients With Lymphoma After Stem Cell Transplant

“Patients with lymphoma who have undergone autologous stem cell transplant (auto-HSCT) as adults may have six to seven times the risk for left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) compared with healthy individuals,…

Leading Cause of Death in Survivors

Cardiovascular disease accounts for the leading cause of noncancerous death among lymphoma survivors who have received stem cell transplants

Heart failure can develop many years after therapy for lymphoma, with rates ranging from 2% to 9%. Anthracyclines, such as doxorubicin, and cardiac radiation therapy can contribute to increased cardiac risk…

LVSD occurred in 15.7% of lymphoma survivors, of whom 5.1% had asymptomatic LVSD. Compared with age- and sex-matched controls, lymphoma survivors had “substantially” increased LVSD risk

One of three lymphoma survivors with LVSD was asymptomatic and had peak oxygen consumption similar to of the general population…


David Emerson is a 23 year Multiple Myeloma survivor. He started as a non-profit in 2004 to help cancer survivors and caregivers navigate the vast world of cancer issues by providing evidence-based information on the most pressing cancer issues. Since 2004, David has impacted over 600,000 people through this website. He is in the process of developing cancer-specific coaching program, and also does one-on-one coaching via phone or email. Thank you for visiting!

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2 comments on “Lymphoma Auto SCT heart damage-
  1. Kristal Timm says:

    My daughter, age 14, has been diagnosed with nodular sclerosis Hodgkin Lymphoma– stage 2 with bulky disease. I am looking for information on alternative treatments or help to protect her from the long-term effects if we must put her through chemotherapy.

    • David says:

      Hi Kristal-

      I am sorry to learn of your daughter’s cancer diagnosis. I am happy that you are thinking through possible long-term and late stage side effects if she undergoes chemo or radiation.

      Keep in mind that we are talking about “integrative” therapies rather than alternative. I am pointing out the difference only to stress that you and your daughter are working to both enhance the efficacy of chemo and radiation in addition to reducing the toxicity.

      Our discussion will work more smoothly if you learn of the chemotherapies you daughter may undergo so that I can research and email you studies and therapies accordingly.

      As an example I might report that a class of chemotherapies called “anthracyclines” are a common therapy for blood cancers. I underwent doxorubicin as one of my induction chemo drugs in ’94. I developed chronic atrial fibrillation in 2010. Supplementing with CoQ10 has been shown to prevent the cardiomyopathy of this class of chemo.

      Coenzyme q10 for prevention of anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity.

      In general, antioxidant supplements such as curcumin and resveritrol have been shown to enhance certain chemotherapies while reducing toxicity. But I can be more specific if you can tell me what the autologous stem cell transplant regimen will be that your daughter may undergo. As an aside, this is a fair question for you to ask and your oncologist should know this information.


      “Daunorubicin (Daunomycin)
      Daunorubicin (liposomal)
      Doxorubicin (Adriamycin)
      Doxorubicin (liposomal)
      Valrubicin, used only to treat bladder cancer
      Mitoxantrone, anthracycline analog”

      Please let me know if this makes sense to you and if you have any questions.

      Hang in there-

      David Emerson

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