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Smoking ups late effects of breast cancer radiation

from Medscape

The risks for late lung cancer and ischemic heart disease among women who undergo irradiation for breast cancer are both reassuringly low, unless the patient is a smoker who just can't kick the habit, said investigators from the Early Breast Cancer Trialists' Collaborative Group. "In our data, the main risks of breast cancer radiotherapy were cardiac mortality and lung cancer, and in nonsmokers, even taking those two risks together, the overall absolute risk was well under 1 percent, and that's good news for many women," said Carolyn Taylor, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. more

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