I came across an interesting quote this morning in a Washington Post article from Feb. 1, 2018. The headline was “Breast cancer treatments can raise risk of heart disease.”
I was well aware of the concern about my heart when I was in treatment. I knew Herceptin in particular could pose a risk, and I saw what great care went into planning my radiation treatment so it would affect my heart as little as possible.
But this is the paragraph in the story that really caught my attention”
“Susan Gilchrist, associate professor of clinical cancer prevention and cardiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, welcomed the report, especially its focus on exercise and fitness. She said that a breast-cancer patient who goes through chemo for three or four months loses 30 percent of her fitness, gains 10 pounds and ages the equivalent of 20 years.”
My chemo ran for 3 months. My doctor warned me I’d feel 10 years older, but 20!? And 30 percent of my fitness!? No wonder I’ve been so tired. The new numbers are even worse than I’d estimated, but they certainly explain a lot.
Well, so far so good. No signs of heart problems. Yet. Crossing my fingers.