Cardio-Oncology Promoted as Increasingly Important Medical Practice in Peru

Contact: Katie Glenn,,

WASHINGTON (Nov 17, 2020) -

In an International Update published in JACC: CardioOncology, medical experts from Peru offered insights into the growing field of cardio-oncology in the country.

Peru established the National Cancer Institute in 1939 and has continuously worked to improve geographic and economic access to cancer care over the subsequent decades. Although Peru has recently experienced positive economic growth, health resources remain limited. Between 2012 and 2016, cancer health facilities in Peru grew from 21 facilities in nine regions to 43 facilities in 18 regions, reflecting the growing need for diagnostic and treatment programs that address the widening health gap between rural, indigenous and low-income areas with urban, developed and high-income areas.

In 1952, Ricardo Subiría Carrillo, MD, was the first cardiologist to join the National Institute of Neoplastic Diseases (previously the National Cancer Institute); he evaluated patients with metastatic cancer to the heart. In 1973 Carrillo highlighted the significance of cardiac dysfunction developing secondary to cancer therapy. There is now increasing knowledge regarding the potential cardiovascular effects associated with certain cancer treatments. In 1992, Enrique Ruiz-Mori, MD, PhD, introduced fundamental tools to the Peruvian cardiovascular community to assess cardiac function in patients who underwent chemotherapy, which enable the first anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity diagnosis, monitoring and follow-up in Peru.

Since 2016, cardio-oncology has been actively promoted in Peru as an increasingly important medical discipline for the enhanced care of cancer patients. In 2018, the first Cardio-Oncology Manual of the South American Society of Cardiology was published. The first cardio-oncology unit was launched in Peru in February 2019, and in 2020 the first cardio-oncology rotation for cardiology residents was initiated, though it was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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