CardioSmart | Cardio-Oncology: Furthering the Discussion
Thanks to advances in treatment, the number of cancer survivors has never been greater and is expected to reach more than 20 million in the U.S. by 2026. New therapies are helping patients live longer, but that also means they also need ongoing cancer treatments that may damage their hearts. Additionally, many patients are living long enough after their cancer treatments to develop heart disease.
The ACC and many of its members have been actively involved in discussions related to cardio-oncology, particularly around new approaches to prevent or manage cardiovascular disease. Among the topics being discussed: successfully implementing team-based care between cardiologists and oncologists; improving methods to reduce the cardiovascular side effects of radiation therapy and new cancer drugs. Additionally, discussions around educational needs of cardio-oncology professionals are also taking place.
In addition to a growing and thriving Cardio-Oncology Member Section and clinical topic collection on ACC.org, the ACC’s Advancing Cardiovascular Care of the Oncology Patient conference, taking place next month, will offer contemporary care strategies for health care providers involved in cardiovascular care of cancer patients and cancer survivors. Emerging pioneers in the field of cardio-oncology will engage with participants through interactive case discussions, debates, breakout session and roundtables. On the CardioSmart front, a new patient-centered resource developed by a working group of cardiologists, oncologists and patient advocates from the ACC and the Eastern Cooperative Group-American College of Radiology Imaging Network aims to help clinicians talk about:
- Common types of cancer treatments that cause heart problems
- Types of cancer with treatments that often damage the heart and blood vessels
- Lifestyle tips about healthy living related to diet and personal activity for cancer patients
You’ll also find information about the cardio-oncology care team, where to get support, articles about understanding research, and general information about what engaged patients working with their care team can do to get the best possible results. Future sections will focus on chemotherapy and heart disease (5FU and capecitabine), cancer patients and exercise, and breast cancer and heart disease.
Advocating for and advancing the priorities of the cardio-oncology community and seeking to improve the cardiovascular health of patients with cancer and cancer survivors is an important goal – and one we can achieve by working together with each other, our oncology colleagues, and our patients and their families.
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