Cardiovascular health of patients with cancer and cancer survivors: A roadmap to the next level

Ana Barac, Gillian Murtagh, Joseph R. Carver, Ming Hui Chen, Andrew M. Freeman, Joerg Herrmann, Cezar Iliescu, Bonnie Ky, Erica L. Mayer, Tochi M. Okwuosa, Juan Carlos Plana, Thomas D. Ryan, Anne K. Rzeszut, Pamela S. Douglas

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Many existing and emerging cancer therapies have a significant effect on the cardiovascular health of patients with cancer and cancer survivors. This paper examines current aspects of interdisciplinary cardio-oncology clinical care delivery and education in the United States and outlines how these data provide a platform for future development of the field. We present the results of the nationwide survey on cardio-oncology services, practices, and opinions, conducted among chiefs of cardiology and program directors, which demonstrate ranges of clinical activities and identify significant interest for increased educational opportunities and expert training of cardiovascular physicians in this field. The survey respondents recognized clinical relevance but emphasized lack of national guidelines, lack of funds, and limited awareness and infrastructure as the main challenges for development and growth of cardio-oncology. We discuss potential solutions to unmet needs through interdisciplinary collaboration and the active roles of professional societies and other stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2739-2746
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number25
StatePublished - Jun 30 2015


  • cancer survivorship
  • cardio-oncology
  • cardiovascular risk prevention
  • cardiovascular toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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