Cancer Patients Need Special Heart Care
Better treatment with chemotherapy and radiation therapy has reduced cancer deaths significantly. But for some patients, cancer treatment can cause lasting damage to the heart by aggravating existing heart conditions or causing new ones. The cardiovascular risks and toxic effects of cancer therapies on the heart is known among physicians as cardiotoxicity. The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is home to the state’s first Cardio-Oncology Clinic, where heart specialists focus on minimizing and preventing heart damage caused by chemotherapy and radiation. Only a handful of hospitals around the world have dedicated programs with scientists and physicians working to address the impact of cancer treatment on the heart.
Cardiovascular issues that can arise from cancer treatment include heart failure, heart attack, high or low blood pressure, arrhythmias, fibrosis and heart valve disease. As aggressive cancer drugs are used on older patients who may already have heart disease — and researchers identify a growing number of cardiovascular side effects of cancer treatment — the U-M Cardio-Oncology team is working to enhance the quality of life for these patients by protecting their heart function.
Heart and Cancer Patients Benefit
For heart patients, clinic doctors perform pre-surgical or pre-treatment evaluations for those with cardiac conditions who are also being treated for cancer, and provide medical care to improve heart function prior to a cardiac surgery or procedure.
The clinic is in the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, a 5-level facility that unites the U-M Health System’s cardiovascular services, located at the heart of the medical campus at the corner of Ann and Observatory streets in Ann Arbor.
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment for heart or vascular care, or to learn more about our cardio-oncology program, call the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center New Patient Coordination Center at 888-287-1082.