Highlights From JACC | Cardio-Oncology For GenNext: A Missing Piece of the Training Puzzle

Cardiology Magazine, Jan. 2017Providing the next generation of Fellows in Training (FITs) with knowledge and training in cardio-oncology may be necessary to address challenges in improving the quality of life and care of cancer patients, according to an FIT/Early Career column published June 18 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Sarju Ganatra, MD, and Salim S. Hayek, MD, point out that while the field of cardio-oncology is emerging at a fast pace, it is mainly restricted to a limited number of academic centers and the majority of cancer patients and survivors are cared for by community-based practices that lack the necessary expertise. They argue that translational and clinical research is the key to advance basic understanding of the interactions of the heart with cancer and cancer therapy.

In a response to the column, Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie, MD, PhD, comments that “Ganatra and Hayek make a case for structured training for fellows interested in cardio-oncology, and they are absolutely on target.” She adds, “We should work to structure and standardize the education of future cardio-oncologists who will develop and improve this important field.”