Heart disease risk decreasing among child cancer survivors


Australian singer and actress Delta Goodrem, seen here in her role as Olivia Newton-John in the 2018 miniseries Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 18. She is likely to have less risk of heart disease from her treatment, compared to older child cancer survivors. — Lifetime

There has been a measurable decline in serious heart conditions among adult survivors of childhood cancer since the 1970s, finds a study in The BMJ on Jan 15, 2020.

The findings suggest that efforts to reduce exposure to the most toxic effects of anticancer treatment, including radiotherapy, seem to be working.

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