Cardio-Oncology

Cardio-oncology is a new and growing area of specialization in cardiology, in recognition of the significant cardiac side effects from cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation.

Patients with cardiovascular disease are at a higher risk of developing side effects with some chemotherapies. Some new cancer therapies can have side effects on the heart and blood vessels even in patients who are healthy. Cardiologists in the cardio-oncology clinic may evaluate and treat people who have a high risk of heart disease, have existing heart disease, or develop heart disease or heart complications after cancer therapy.

Patients who are treated with radiation therapy to the chest may need to be seen by a cardiologist every few years for the rest of their lives. And, it is important for the collaboration of care between the cardio-oncologist, the oncologist, and the primary care physician.

Why University of Iowa Health Care

UI Health Care has a well-developed cardio-oncology program with dedicated, advanced-trained cardiologists collaborating with their colleagues in oncology.

University of Iowa is one of only a few locations in Iowa offering care for the cardio-oncology patient. We can offer this patient, who often has many competing medical diagnoses, a personalized treatment plan with input from several experts and ensure coordination of the care between the various specialties.

Treatment Options

Various medications can prevent or treat the side effects of cancer therapies when started at the right time. In other cases, we can offer patients access to new specific treatments that are under development.

University of Iowa has an active research program that is supported by the National Institute of Health and other funding agencies. Our efforts span from imaging studies in patients with cancer to work in single cells with the goal of understanding which molecules are injured by cancer therapies. Our research teams are developing new treatments options as well.

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