Beginning cancer treatment can be uncertain and frightening. Not only do you face cancer, but you may have concerns about the risks involved in chemotherapy and other forms of cancer treatment. While some treatments can pose risks to your heart, the field of cardio-oncology is developing in order to help patients stay as healthy as possible while they fight cancer.
The physicians at Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC are experts in cardio-oncology, the evaluation and treatment of patients who have heart disease or who are at risk of heart disease before, during, and after treatment for cancer. Our team will work with your oncologist to ensure that your heart is protected during your cancer treatment. We can help cancer patients prior to or during treatment that may have a negative impact on the heart, cancer patients at risk for heart disease or have heart disease, and cancer survivors whose hearts may have been damaged by cancer therapy.
As an independent group of medical specialists who provide cardiovascular care for office and hospital patients, we make every effort to deliver personalized, professional services to each person we see. If you’re ready to have the best heart specialists at your side throughout your cancer treatment, schedule your first appointment with Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC.
While both radiotherapy and chemotherapy are incredible, effective developments in the treatment of cancer, they are also intense experiences for the body, and for many patients in treatment, they can be a cause of serious cardiac complications. In particular, patients who are receiving anthracyclines and trastuzumab (monoclonal antibody) as part of their treatment should be frequently monitored for any developments in the heart.
The field of cardio-oncology is focuses on this monitoring process, as well as the detection and treatment any type of cardiovascular disease that may occur during a patient’s chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Using state-of-the-art tools such as 3D echocardiography, the experts at Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC can detect and predict any deformations your heart may face as a result of your therapy. We’ll then work with you to determine the best course of action as you move forward.
If you’re currently struggling with a heart condition or are at a particularly high risk for heart complications during your cancer treatment, the team at Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC can help. Our team is highly experienced in providing cardio-oncology support for the duration of your therapy.
You should undergo testing both before and after treatment. We strongly recommend that all patients receive a cardiological assessment prior to beginning cancer treatment to determine their potential risks for cardiac complications, and testing should continue throughout your therapy as cardiac problems can occur for years after your therapy begins.
If you experience heart failure during treatment, we recommend that you discontinue your existing cancer treatment and begin standard heart treatments straight away.