Background: The aim of this study was to examine the cardiac effects of anthracycline therapy based on speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) and to identify patients at risk for cardiotoxicity. Patients and Methods: The study included 35 breast cancer (BC) and 15 lymphoma patients who were treated with anthracycline-based chemotherapy. Conventional echocardiography and STE were performed 1 month prior to and 1 month after chemotherapy. Longitudinal strain analysis was performed via STE using automated functional imaging. Results: The ejection fraction (EF) and the fractional shortening values were significantly lower in the lymphoma group. There was a positive correlation between anthracycline dose and subclinical heart failure (p = 0.024). There was an increase in the myocardial performance index in both groups. After therapy, STE showed regional decreases in the longitudinal strain values in the BC group, but the global strain values did not differ. In the lymphoma group, the apical long-axis, the 4-chamber, and the global longitudinal strain values were significantly lower after therapy (p = 0.002, 0.041, and 0.004, respectively). The long-axis and global longitudinal strain values were significantly lower in the lymphoma patients with normal EF values (p = 0.01 and 0.05, respectively). Conclusion: Cardiotoxicity during the early phase of anthracycline treatment can be detected via STE prior to the observation of systolic function deterioration.

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