Cardio-pulmonary function 'likely to dip during fight against breast cancer'

24 May 2012

Women who undergo successful breast cancer treatment are likely to have impaired cardio-pulmonary function which lasts for years after the disease was diagnosed.

This is the main finding of a new study which has been conducted by scientists at Duke University Medical Center, in the US.

Moreover, results of the research, which has been published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, suggest that poor cardio-pulmonary function is a strong predictor of survival of women battling from advanced breast cancer.

The study's lead author Lee Jones, an associate professor at Duke University Medical Center, pointed out that exercise tolerance tests are "important indicators of health and longevity" in general.

However, he added: "Our work provides initial insights into the effects a cancer diagnosis and subsequent therapy may have on how the heart, lungs and rest of the body work together during exercise."

Separate research by Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, LLC in Rochester, New York, has highlighted that annual mammograms are vital for detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible stage.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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