Sunday, February 21, 2010

MYJ | Be aware of cardiac signs following, during oncology care

Found on my Facebook wall this morning was this video clip from a cardiologist about the need for patients to monitor their cardiac condition following and during cancer treatment. This is sound advice but not intended to create excessive alarm. Like me, if you are constantly under the care of your primary oncologist (and I will be for the rest of my life), he or she can monitor this situation and refer you to a cardiologist when conditions and signs would indicate the need.
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Consider Your Heart During Cancer Treatment

There's a spectrum of heart disease that's associated with cancer care, including high blood pressure, weakening of the heart muscle and congestive heart failure, according to Guilherme H. Oliveira, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Cardiology at M. D. Anderson. "The role of cardiac care in cancer treatment is becoming more important than ever," Oliveira says.

"While newer cancer treatments offer patients a better chance of survival, many also have a direct impact on the cardiac system." For example, Oliveira explains that newer targeted therapies zero in on and destroy the molecules that are essential for the survival of cancer cells. But these are the same molecules that are vital for optimal functioning of heart cells.

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