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Survival rates for cancer have seen a great improvement in the last decade thanks to modern treatments. However, some of these treatments can result in toxicity and damage to the heart that may mean a patient has to reduce their dose or stop the therapy altogether. 

What is Cardio-Oncology?

Cardio-Oncology is a sub-speciality that assists in the overall treatment of cancer patients, who have or are at risk for cardiovascular disease. It is the intersection of cardiac conditions in patients who have been treated for cancer.  



Consultant cardiologists and consultant oncologists work together to ensure the best optimal cancer treatment for a patient, and now cardio-oncology is increasingly being recognised as an important sub-specialty of medicine. Before starting cancer therapy, patients require careful screening for cardiovascular risk, particularly when treatments that could potentially damage the heart are being considered. In addition, patients should be monitored on treatment so that side effects can be identified and be brought under control. The type of cardiac toxicity depends largely on the type of drug that is being used.

The most common form of adverse effect is the deterioration of the contractile strength of the heart. In the majority of cases the cancer treatment can continue, but additional drugs may be required to improve and protect the heart function. Other potential adverse cardiac effects of cancer therapies include high blood pressure and changes in the conduction properties of the heart. The development of a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach with oncologists, cardiologists, and specialist nurses is essential to delivering safe and high quality care for cancer patients.

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Blood Management

Our blood management services apply across all aspects of cardiac and thoracic care

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Counselling Services

Our psychosexual clinical nurse specialist is available to support all our cardiac and thoracic patients

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Symptom Control

Our symptom control team are here to help you manage symptoms, especially if you have heart failure or lung disease

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Dietetic Support

Our dieticians play a crucial role in the care of all cardiac and thoracic patients               

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London Bridge Hospital


Tel: 03331 308 177

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Tel: 020 7407 3100

Tax: 020 7234 2019


27, Tooley Street
London SE1 2PR

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