Cancer and Heart Failure

Cancer and Heart Failure

Cancer and heart disease are the world’s leading causes of mortality. Although both diseases are well-known, many people are unaware of the relationship between cancer therapy and heart function.

Some cancer survivors may experience a greater risk of developing heart problems as a result of their cancer treatment. This is called cancer therapy-related cardiac dysfunction, or cardiotoxicity.

Living with Cardiotoxicity

The goal of a cardio-oncology program is to help prevent short- and long-term cardiac complications of cancer therapy. Your cardio-oncology team will work closely with you and other specialists to ensure that your heart is safe prior to, during, and following your cancer therapies.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy Chemotherapy drugs can have an impact on your heart. Anthracyclines are one class of chemotherapy medications that can ...

Immune Therapy

Immune Therapy The immune system works by recognizing foreign ‘outsider’ cells and boosting the body’s defense system (antibodies) to ...

Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy is a key component in cancer care to help reduce the risk of recurrence and death. It is used to ...

Cancer Therapies and the Heart

Cancer Therapies and the Heart Medications and cancer therapies may have short and long-term effects on the heart. Some cancer ...

How is Cardiotoxicity Diagnosed and Managed?

How is Cardiotoxicity Diagnosed and Managed? Oncology and cardiology teams can work closely together on providing care for people ...

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