Though it is quite rare but you may suffer from heart cancer. You may suffer from two types of cancer, namely, primary heart cancer and secondary heart cancer. Cancer cells present inside your body can form additional blood vessels and migrate to other parts of your body.
Lymphomas occur when cells of lymph nodes, lymph and lymph vessels develop abnormally and reach the heart. Similarly, immunity specific cells and the blood’s antibody secreting cells can also develop abnormally. Lymphomas are also known as metastatic form of cancer.
This type of cancer first originates in the cells of your skin and eyes and then reaches the tissues of heart.
Your cancer can also lead to cardiac fibrosis in which muscles of your heart get hardened. Due to this stiffening, your heart valves may get dysfunctional. There are also chances that your right side heart may stop functioning properly, that is, it may lose its ability to pump blood efficiently.
You can develop marantic endocarditis within your heart because of your cancer. This condition may affect the complete functioning of your heart. It may also cause clot formation in your heart. Marantic endocarditis is also known as nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis.
Your heart is more prone to this type of cancer than to any other type of cancer. Sarcomas are malignant tumors of the heart.
Treatments for Heart Cancer
You need to consider various factors to find out the best treatment for your heart cancer such as type of cardiac cancer, your health, and stage of your disease. Your doctor may also ask you to go for a surgical excision to remove your tumor. But even after undergoing treatment, the possibility of reoccurrence of your cancer is not completely removed. Your doctor may suggest you to go for chemotherapy to reduce the size of your tumor. Radiation is also an option but it is not considered a safe option as it may cause cardiac toxicity. You can go for any of these options but these treatments can also cause permanent heart damage.
There are some common signs and symptoms of heart cancer that may alert you to the fact that something is wrong with your heart. If you observe symptoms like an irregular heartbeats, fainting or heart failure then inform your doctor about your health condition. But you should take note of the fact that some symptoms of heart cancer are unnoticeable such as heart murmur, fever, or an inflammation of your heart. If you experience any of these symptoms, take it seriously and report your condition to your doctor.
Your doctor may carry out some tests like electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, or cardiac angiogram. These tests will confirm whether you are suffering from heart cancer or not. After the results of these tests, your doctor may recommend the best treatment for you. He or she may perform surgery to remove your affected parts or tumors. But you should know that treatments for heart cancer can damage your healthy parts also.
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