Some patients with heart trouble or who are at risk for developing heart conditions because of certain types of cancer treatment, need specialized care.
At our Cardio-Oncology Program, our physicians are cardiologists who use advanced imaging to diagnose and evaluate a patient’s risk of developing a heart condition due to certain types of cancer treatments. Our cardiologists also treat patients who are undergoing cancer treatment, but have developed heart conditions, in the hope of protecting their heart function as much as possible.
Evaluation of cardiac risk and heart conditions during cancer treatment
We use the latest tests and diagnostic criteria to help patients understand their risk factors for heart failure and other associated conditions. These include:
- Echo strain imaging
- Cardiac biomarkers
- Cardiac MRI
This state-of-the-art imaging allows our cardiologists a full view of the heart’s function, giving them critical real time information that helps them evaluate your potential risk for developing a cardiac condition while undergoing cancer treatment. Your diagnosis also reveals if there is a way to receive these drugs safely, without damaging your heart.
If you already have a heart condition, these advanced images provide important information for the best possible treatment.
If you have heart damage due to certain types of cancer drugs, or radiation treatment to the chest, we develop a specialized plan for you. Side by side with your oncologists, our cardiologists discuss your heart function and possible treatments, including other types of medication that may help and not interfere with your cancer treatment. We may also discuss other alternatives to your cancer treatment, including the use of drugs that may not affect your heart.
As an academic medical center, we are training tomorrow’s leaders in this field. The top experts in cardiology and oncology are doing cutting-edge cardio-oncology research, to build better ways to evaluate, protect and treat cancer patients who are at risk for cardiac conditions.