"Completing that final round of chemotherapy and being declared cancer-free is an unquestionable personal health milestone. But it also can mark the start of an uncertain new chapter in a cancer survivor's life story.
" 'The leading cause of death in cancer survivors is actually heart disease,' says Dr. Bruce Liang, director of UConn Health's Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center. 'Patients who have had chemotherapy or radiation are at increased risked for developing heart disease, including heart failure.' "