Introductory & Patient Information
Dr. Guilherme H. Oliveira
There’s a spectrum of heart disease that’s associated with cancer care, including high blood pressure, weakening of the heart muscle and congestive heart failure, according to Guilherme H. Oliveira, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Cardiology at M. D. Anderson. “The role of cardiac care in cancer treatment is becoming more important than ever,” Oliveira says.
For example, Oliveira explains that newer targeted therapies zero in on and destroy the molecules that are essential for the survival of cancer cells.
What is cardio-oncology?
Cardio-Oncology is the official journal of the International Cardio-Oncology Society (ICOS). The society brings together cardio-oncologists from around the world with the aim of reducing cardiovascular disease in cancer patients and thereby saving patients’ lives.
The editorial mission of Cardio-Oncology is to advance the science and practice of this emerging field to find a balance between oncologic efficacy and reducing adverse cardiovascular effects through timely publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed research.
As an open access, online journal Cardio-Oncology provides a high visibility platform for the publication of original research and expert reviews on the cardiovascular effects of cancer treatment.
ICOS President Dan Lenihan
Daniel Lenihan, M.D. joined the Department of Medicine on September 1, 2017 as a Professor in the Cardiovascular Division.Dr. Lenihan has been active in cardio-oncology and heart failure for nearly 20 years.
The Global Cardio-Oncology Summit will feature the latest research and clinical guidelines in the multidisciplinary field of cardio-oncology.
The Cardio-Oncology Program
Dr. Michael Acker, chief of the division of cardiovascular surgery, discusses cardio-oncology, an emerging field in cardiovascular medicine. This specialty was developed to respond to the growing need for clinicians with expertise in both cancer and cardiology.
Lymphomas, such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma, have been successfully treated with radiation and chemotherapy. However, the radiation used to treat lymphoma patients in the 70s, 80s and early 90s damaged the heart while treating the cancer, leading this group of patients to develop heart failure later in life.
Heart health and cancer treatment
This booklet talks about the heart and explains why having a healthy heart is important. It also covers the cancer treatments that can cause heart problems, and discusses how these are monitored and managed by your medical team.