The cardio-oncology program is a team-based program where physicians who specialize in cancer care and heart care work together with patients who face possible heart problems due to cancer treatments.
New treatments for cancer are allowing patients to live longer after the diagnosis of cancer. There will be 20 million American cancer survivors living in the U.S. by 2026. These new treatments carry a risk for heart problems.
After seeing your oncologist and designing a personalized treatment plan with cancer therapies, a cardiologist who understands these issues will be able to guide strategies to monitor for heart problems during and after cancer treatment. If you are having symptoms that you think could involve your heart, talk to your cancer doctor (oncologist) or primary care doctor right away. Make sure to learn about what side effects can be caused by your cancer treatment. That way you can help to inform your health care team.
Questions to ask your provider:
To learn more about our cardio-oncology program, please call 317-338-3900.