Breast cancer

Treating breast cancer is not without its dangers. After all, radiation or chemotherapy is in the area of ​​the heart, which can lead to subsequent damage. By detecting these defects at an early stage, heart failure can ultimately be prevented.
We know two hereditary factors which play a role in breast cancer, namely the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene. The moment a woman has an abnormality in one of these genes, the woman has an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Research should establish the link between the gene mutation and heart failure. We would also like to know the consequences for the heart of women who have had their ovary (s) removed preventively and who have entered an artificial transition.

Yvonne Koops is a physician-assistant who, thanks in part to funding from Heart for Women, was able to carry out the study Heart Damage in Breast Cancer. In this video, Yvonne explains what came out of her research.