During and after cancer treatment, some oncology patients are also challenged by heart problems, including hypertension, heart failure, arrhythmias and valve disorders. It is acknowledged that several chemotherapy agents, especially when combined with radiation therapy, lead to cardiomyopathy.
The Cardio-oncology Clinic was started to help cancer patients minimize or prevent their risk of developing heart disease. When a patient has been identified as a candidate for the clinic, nurse practitioners work closely with them to provide the needed medication and personal support to protect their heart before, during and after cancer treatment.
The clinic has been successful in reducing the percent of patients developing this type of heart disease to near zero.