June-Wha Rhee, MD, a cardiologist with specialized clinical and research training in cardiovascular drug toxicity and pharmacogenomics, from Stanford Hospital and Clinics speaks about Impact of Hormonal Therapies for Treatment of Hormone-Dependent Cancers (Breast and Prostate) on the Cardiovascular System: Effects and Modifications.
Link to Abstract:
The main causes of mortality in the United States are cardiovascular disease and cancer, with hormone-dependent tumors (breast and prostate cancer) being the most frequent noncutaneous malignancies in women and men, respectively. The hormonal (endocrine-related) treatments that are used to treat both malignancies enhance survival rates, but they significantly raise cardiovascular morbidity and death in survivors. This consensus statement outlines the dangers of particular hormone treatments used to treat breast and prostate cancer, as well as an evidence-based strategy for preventing and detecting negative cardiovascular events. The cardiovascular effects of various durations of hormonal therapy, the cardiovascular risks associated with combinations of newer generations of more intensive hormonal treatments, and the specific cardiovascular risks that affect individuals of various races/ethnicities are all highlighted as areas of uncertainty.
Finally, a multidisciplinary approach to the application of lifestyle and pharmaceutical treatments for risk reduction and management is emphasized both during and after active therapy.