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Slower heart rate after radiation & carbo/taxol chemo?

mgbean2003
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Joined: Jun 2018

I was treated with radiation and carbo/taxol chemo for stage 3 lung cancer in 2016.  Surgery to remove my lower left lobe showed that the tumor was dead and I have been cancer free since then.  Since completing treatment, I have noticed that my blood pressure is lower and my heart rate is slower than before my diagnosis.   I am active and am concerned that the treatment may have caused heart damage.  Has anyone else experienced these long term effects?  And, if so, can you explain them to me?  Thanks!

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jorola
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Joined: Mar 2016

Since no one here is a dr and your concern is with your heart and blood pressure, you really should speak to your dr right away. Better to be safe than sorry. Best of luck.

mgbean2003
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Joined: Jun 2018

Thank you.  I have spoken to my oncologist and pulmonary doctor about this.  I recently had heart  tests done and everything is normal.  My blood pressure used to run about 120/80 and is now usually more like 105/70.  I have taken blood pressure medication for years and my GP wants me to continue it - but I wonder if I really need to.  I am active, but have a hard time getting my heart rate above 120 now, while before the lung cancer,  I could push it closer to 140.  I'm wondering if others have had similar experiences.  

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