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Doctor Focuses On Heart Problems Affecting Cancer Patients


​AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Battling cancer can be brutal for your heart. Some of the powerful cancer-fighting drugs can cause long-term cardiac problems. But at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, there is a specially-trained doctor who doesn’t miss a beat.

Dr. Lavanya Kondapalli is the only cardio-oncologist in the state of Colorado. Seeing her made all the difference for mother of three, Ellen March.

March has had a long year.
 
“What you’re feeling is scared,” she told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh.
 
Her fears started last fall when her twins wouldn’t nurse from her left breast. A biopsy showed an aggressive tumor. It was Stage 3 breast cancer.