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Cardio-Oncology Treatment Information
At IU Health, our Cardio-Oncology services and treatments include:
- Cardiovascular risk assessment prior to cancer therapies. If you need cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation or surgery, we assess your risk of having cardiovascular complications during treatment. We use novel and specialized diagnostic techniques to get a full view of your cardiovascular health, predict how your body might react to certain treatments and implement therapies to minimize cardiovascular problems.
- Prevention of cardiovascular toxicity. We work with other members of your medical team to design a cancer treatment plan or a follow-up schedule that limits the risk of harm to your cardiovascular health. Changes to the schedule or dosing of the cancer treatment may be enough to prevent cardiac toxicity. In other cases, you may need to take medicines to protect your heart while you undergo cancer treatment.
- Diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular toxicity induced by cancer therapies. We identify and manage cardiac toxicity both during cancer treatment and over the long term. By some estimates, cardiac damage occurs in nearly a third of patients with cancer, but it sometimes takes years to show up. We care for patients during and long after their cancer treatment, monitoring for signs of cardiovascular toxicity and providing prompt treatment if it occurs.
- Treatment of cancer-related cardiac conditions. We manage heart conditions such as amyloidosis and carcinoid heart disease, which can be a consequence of certain lung cancers and bone marrow cancers. Patients typically present heart failure symptoms that require specialized treatment and follow-up.
- Cardiac tumor diagnosis and management. We use advanced imaging techniques, including noninvasive cardiovascular imaging with 3-D technology and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, to confirm suspected cardiac tumors. The therapy for these tumors is often surgical, requiring close follow-up to prevent complications.
Cardio-Oncology Locations & Physicians
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Cardio-Oncology Support Services
These trusted websites provide more information about heart care, cancer care and Cardio-Oncology.
A Sampling of Cardio-Oncology Support Services
American Heart Association
This website provides information on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of numerous types of heart disease.
American Cancer Society
This site includes educational materials and support resources for patients with cancer, as well as their families and caregivers.
International CardiOncology Society, North America
This is the official website of the International CardiOncology Society.