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Your overall health before beginning your cancer treatment may affect your risk of developing problems from anti-angiogenic therapy. Although all the factors that increase risk of complications are not clear, studies suggest they include:

  • History of high blood pressure
  • Older age
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • History of protein in your urine (proteinuria)

Known risk factors for heart disease, which include smoking and high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), are also thought to be risk factors for anti-angiogenic-related problems. Some evidence also suggests that genetics and certain ethnicities play a role in risk, but research is ongoing.

Your doctor will screen for risk factors and work with you to lower your risk as much as possible.

  • Last Edited 09/30/2019