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Posted by natalie on July 10, 2000 at 16:20:58:

In Reply to: chemo posted by lisa on July 10, 2000 at 15:30:32:

: Please help my mother in law has breast cancer and was due to stsrt her chemo today.
: She was told that she could not because her heart was not srtong enough. She was to begin
: aggressive treatment. Someone please explain

Lisa,
When my mother started chemo. she had to go through a lot of testing. One of which was a heart
stress test. From what I understand chemo is very hard on your heart and can cause heart failure.

I wish you and your family all of the best. There is a terrific breast cancer journal in the USA Today
web site. Just search on the words Cathy Hainer. You may want to read it. It will help you understand
some on the things a breast cancer patient may have to endure. Although Cathy Hainer eventually
losses her battle the journal is so inspiring it's worth reading.

Natalie

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