Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Hull and colleagues1 studied the incidence of long-term cardiovascular
events in patients who were treated with radiation between 1962 and 1998.
The authors concluded that, "Given the long latency period, it is probable
that the frequency of these problems will increase as more patients, who were
treated before the radiation dose reductions in the 1990s, reach their 20-year
Gyenes G, Gyenes G. Radiation Therapy and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. JAMA. 2004;292(4):433-434. doi:10.1001/jama.292.4.434-a