Radiation-induced heart morbidity after adjuvant radiotherapy of early breast cancer - Is it still an issue?

Department of Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus C, Denmark.
Radiotherapy and Oncology (Impact Factor: 4.52). 08/2011; 100(2):157-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.radonc.2011.08.007
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