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July 28, 2004

Radiation Therapy and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(4):433-434. doi:10.1001/jama.292.4.434-a

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 survival milestone."

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