Worried about chemo?
For all people with a cancer diagnosis, the primary goal is to treat the cancer and, for most, the benefits of chemotherapy and modern cancer therapies will considerably outweigh the risks.
The side effect of cardiotoxicity is rare with some chemotherapy drugs but more common in others, depending on the particular drug prescribed, doses delivered and other factors such as any pre-existing heart problems.
Before you have chemotherapy, your cancer specialist should discuss the risks and benefits for you as an individual. However, if you or a loved one have any questions or concerns about cancer treatments, call the free Macmillan Cancer Support line on 0808 808 00 00 or visit the Macmillan website.
Find out more
For more information, order the new booklet called Heart Health and Cancer Treatment jointly produced by Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Heart Foundation. It’s written for people who are having cancer treatment, whether you’ve been told that your treatment may affect your heart or if you already have a heart condition and need to have treatment for cancer.
You may also find the booklet useful if you would like to know more about how to improve the health of your heart before, during and after cancer treatment.
Order free copies from Macmillan Cancer Support at be.macmillan.org.uk