Cancer patients are living longer with their disease and, in many cases, being cured at higher rates than ever before. To achieve such success, it is important that patients receive their full, planned doses during treatment and be monitored for complications during and after treatment. Cancer and heart doctors now recognize the importance of managing and preventing heart problems in both of these settings.
At The Christ Hospital, a new collaboration is now providing advanced resources to identify cancer patients at a high risk for the development of heart complications, and for ongoing support during and after treatment.
Cardiotoxicity can limit successful treatment and so doctors identify cancer patients at risk for heart complications, and take steps to prevent problems from happening. When heart problems develop during treatment doctors look to treat the problem successfully and quickly with little interruption in the patient’s cancer treatment. Lastly, cancer patients are often at higher risk for vascular complication as they age and need to be followed very closely years and even decades after their initial treatment.
The patients who may benefit from the Cardio-Oncology clinic:
Receiving treatment that is toxic or potentially cardio toxic chemotherapy
Diagnosed with unusual cancers with cardiac implications (carcinoid)
Have typical cardiac disease whose issues overlap with their cancer type
Receiving newer treatments with rare but fatal cardiac effects (many new biologic treatments)
Cancer survivors— this group is at higher risk for CAD and Valve disease and the biggest late cause of death is cardiac-related.
The clinic currently is available at Redbank, Green Township, Mt. Auburn and Anderson locations. For more information or to refer a patient, contact Sheila Hickey, RN, Clinic Nurse Navigator, by calling 513-206-1800.