Strain imaging performed during and after cancer treatment can detect small changes in the heart’s size, rhythm or pumping ability. These small changes may be early signs of cardiotoxicity and signal the need for potentially cardioprotective medications and occasionally suggest the need for a change in medication for chemotherapy.
What is Cardio-Oncology?
Patient’s whose cancer treatment involves an increased heart risk, or those who have a history of heart disease should choose a cancer care team that includes a cardiologist who works closely with the cancer doctors to monitor the patient’s heart health before, during and after treatment. For this reason, the Cleveland Clinic Cardio-Oncology Center provides patients with a multi-disciplinary approach aimed at lessening risks and improving outcomes for patients.If a patient starts to develop signs of cardiotoxicity during treatment, the cardiologist may treat the cardiotoxicity preventing the need to interrupt cancer treatment. In addition, the cancer doctor may alter the patient’s treatment plan to provide a less toxic dose.