ACC Council Analyzes Effect of Cardio-Oncology Services on Patient Care

While the impact of cancer treatments on cardiovascular health is an important consideration when treating cancer patients, only 35 percent of centers in a nationwide survey included cardio-oncology services managed by general cardiology, according to a Council Perspective published June 22 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The nationwide survey of cardiology division chiefs and cardiovascular fellowship program training directors, conducted by the ACC's Early Career Section, evaluated the current state of cardio-oncology services, practices and opinions. Of the 106 respondents, 65 percent thought that access to consultants with specialized training would provide an advantage in caring for cancer patients suffering from cardiovascular complications. However, only 27 percent of centers had an established, specialized cardio-oncology service with multiple clinicians. Read more on and listen to the JACC audio podcast.