Home Health Parents News Now Childhood Cancer Survivors May Face Later Heart Risks Childhood Cancer Survivors May Face Later Heart Risks By Holly Lebowitz Rossi November 17, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_138542726 30637 Scientists have known for some time that survivors of childhood cancer are several times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease as adults, a result of the toll that lifesaving radiation and chemotherapy treatments can have on the heart. But the new study, presented at an American Heart Association conference over the weekend, is among the first to show that the risk is elevated while the survivors are still children. The research looked at 319 boys and girls under the age of 18 who underwent chemotherapy treatments for leukemia or cancerous tumors. At the time of the study, the participants were a minimum of five years past the time of their diagnosis. When the children were compared with 208 siblings of similar ages, the researchers found a nearly 10 percent decrease in arterial health and other signs of premature heart disease. Image: Baby undergoing treatment, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Childhood Cancer Survivors May Face Later Heart Risks Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.