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What is Cardio-Oncology?

It is a new field that offers a team approach led by cardiologists (heart doctors) and oncologists (cancer doctors). The goal is to prevent or treat heart problems caused by cancer treatments. The number of cancer survivors continues to increase in the United States due to advances in cancer treatment. Cancer treatments that help patients live longer may also damage your heart.

What is Cardiotoxicity and how is it treated?

Cancer drugs and treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy, can damage the heart. Even after you finish treatment, you may be at higher risk for any of these complications. Side effects may include:

  • Heart failure (the heart muscle weakens)
  • Arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
To treat cardiotoxicity your doctor may:
  • Change chemotherapy
  • Add a heart protective medicine
  • Alternate radiation exposure
  • Manage any cardiac symptoms (heart failure, high blood pressure or arrhythmia)

What is the goal of the Cardio-Oncology program at Doylestown Health?

Our goal is to provide expert care for patients who have cancer and are at high risk of heart disease. We aim to match the most appropriate cancer therapy with the least risk of heart problems for the patient. We use a team approach to provide the best care and achieve the best possible outcomes. Our goal is to promote quality of life and heart health during your entire cancer journey.

To learn more, visit the American College of Cardiology Foundation.

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