Some cancer treatments can affect how your heart works. This may cause heart problems that are either short term (temporary) or long term (permanent). Problems may develop during or soon after cancer treatment, or they may develop many years later.
The risk of heart problems depends on the type of cancer treatment and how much treatment you have.
Your risk may be higher if:
- you have other risk factors for heart problems
- you had a heart problem before starting cancer treatment
- you have several cancer treatments at the same time.
Your cancer doctor will explain if a cancer treatment is likely to affect your heart. If you are worried about heart problems, ask them for more information.
If your treatment has finished and you are worried about your heart, talk to your GP. Sometimes it is hard to remember the details of your cancer treatment. Your cancer doctor or your GP can give you more information and answer any questions you have.
If you had cancer treatment as a child, you may have a higher risk of developing heart problems as an adult. This depends on the type of cancer treatment you had. Some people will have regular follow-up appointments for the rest of their life to check their heart health.