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New and effective therapies for cancer treatment significantly improve survival in cancer patients. However, many of these therapies, such as certain chemotherapy agents and radiation therapy, present risks to the heart.
As research advances, we are now able to identify patients at higher risk for developing cardiovascular damage, monitor them, and initiate early treatment when needed. The Cardio-Oncology Program at the Orlando Health Heart Institute and Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center has been developed for this purpose.
This innovative program, one of the few in the United States, closely monitors aspects of heart health in at-risk cancer patients, utilizing various screening and diagnostic tests, to determine the best treatment plan, options and therapies. Simultaneously, the Cardio-Oncology Program allows for the continuation and completion of cancer treatment, which is vital for survival. As cancer survival rates increase, preserving a healthy heart and improving quality of life for our patients are top priorities.
Our Team of Specialists
Our multidisciplinary team of professionals specialize in various modalities of cardiology and oncology, and includes nurse practitioners, pharmacists, medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neuro-oncologists, and cardiologists. Our heart doctors specialize in cardiac imaging, heart failure and heart transplant, women and heart disease, interventional cardiology, and electrophysiology.