Cardiac Oncology

Cardiac Oncology

Cardiac oncology is a subspecialty field in medicine that focuses on the cardiovascular management (prevention, diagnosis, and treatment) of patients with cancer. Here's a breakdown of the key aspects:

  • Focus: It's not about treating tumors of the heart, which are rare.
  • Core Objective: The primary goal is to ensure that "the cancer patient of today does not become the heart patient of tomorrow".
  • Management: This involves:
    • Minimizing cardiovascular risks associated with cancer treatment.
    • Preventing and treating heart disease that may develop due to cancer or its treatment.
    • Providing comprehensive care for cancer patients throughout their treatment journey - before, during, and after.

Why is it important?

  • Many cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can have side effects that damage the heart muscle or blood vessels.
  • Some people with cancer may already have pre-existing heart conditions.
  • Cardiac oncology specialists can help manage these risks and ensure optimal heart health for cancer patients.