Cancer Therapy May Cause Heart Troubles

The anti-cancer drug Gleevec has been highly successful in treating stomach tumors, and a blood cancer called chronic myelogenous leukemia. But new research shows that Gleevec may cause congestive heart failure. Researchers say there's no cause for panic. But they advise doctors to monitor their patients for signs of heart trouble.

Guests:

Dr. Thomas Force, James C. Wilson professor of medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

Brian Druker, investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, JELD-WEN Chair of Leukemia Research, Oregon Health and Science University

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