Navigation Links
War on cancer produces collateral damage to the heart
Date:9/21/2010

Philadelphia, PA, September 21, 2010 For the past two decades, cancer therapy has become more sophisticated and effective, resulting in an ever-expanding group of long-term cancer survivors. There is also a growing awareness of the potentially negative effects of cancer treatment on the heart and the management of cardiac disease during and after cancer therapy. In the September/October issue of Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases an international group of experts takes an in-depth look at the ways in which cancer treatment profoundly impacts patients' cardiovascular function and can become a major detriment of overall survival.

Guest Editors of this issue, Douglas L. Mann, MD, and Ronald J. Krone, MD, both of the Division of Cardiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, put the situation into perspective. "The management of heart disease in all its forms in patients with cancer in all its forms presents special challenges to the cardiologist. In the war on cancer, the cardiologist is not in the front lines, directly confronting the enemy, but in the role of support and supply, providing the oncologist the ability to keep the warrior strong enough to defeat the enemy. In fighting the war on cancer, there is, like in any war, unwanted 'collateral damage.' There is no 'silver bullet' but, in many ways, a refined shotgun, blasting the tumor while pellets hit other vital organs. The bone marrow, liver, and nervous system get their share of hits; but the heart and vascular system are certainly at risk depending on the weapon used, particularly because the vascular system and blood supply are intimately involved in any treatment delivery. Just as in a war, not only must the enemy be destroyed; but the damage must be contained to permit the rebuilding of the homeland."

This issue of Progress in Cardiovascular Disease was inspired by the very successful third International Symposium of the Cardiology Oncology Partnership, which was held in September 2009 in Milan, Italy. This meeting marked the inauguration of the International Cardioncology Society, an international society responding to the need for cooperation between these medical disciplines.

"The recent recognition of the frequent collateral damage of the heart from many of the newer chemotherapeutic agents, as well as the classic anthracyclines, and the importance of this to management of the cancer, should spur the acquisition of cardiac outcomes data and ultimately trigger the development of specific evidence-based practice guidelines to keep the heart from interfering with the war on cancer," commented Dr. Mann and Dr. Krone.


'/>"/>

Contact: Katrina Saling
k.saling@elsevier.com
215-239-3712
Elsevier Health Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Cholesterol drug may have role in treating prostate cancer
2. Mayo-led researchers discover genetic variants modifying breast cancer risk
3. 4 possible risk factors for ovarian cancer found
4. 2 studies find new genetic links to ovarian cancer risk
5. New Drug Promising for Advanced Thyroid Cancer
6. Better marker for breast cancer may reduce need for second surgeries
7. Targeted therapy decreases progression rate in thyroid cancer
8. Prostate cancer community calls for better early detection and treatment
9. MIT researchers discover an unexpected twist in cancer metabolism
10. Scott & White Healthcare to participate in international trial investigating lung cancer treatment
11. Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/28/2016)... ... 28, 2016 , ... "Color Grading media can be time consuming but with ... media," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , With the ... stylish color grades to their footage. A LUT is a Lookup Table that contains ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... ... Southland Log Homes , designer and manufacturer of America’s Favorite Log Home™, ... found on its website at SouthlandLogHomes.com. , The designs of the wood barn ... of timber post and beam construction. The result is a barn that not ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... This campaign aims to provide a path to improved ... can control and change. , As nearly 795,000 Americans suffering from a new or ... States. Plus, with an estimated 129,000 of these people dying from stroke, it’s become ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Aimed at nurses and employees in the health care world, ... in the nursing and health care industry. It also provides insight to the developing ... , As the nursing industry is coming out of one of the biggest ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... W.S. Badger Co. Inc ., the maker of certified ... Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and ... administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016  NxStage Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... focused on advancing renal care, today announced that ... participate in the following schedule of investor conferences. Where ... available at http://ir.nxstage.com/ .   ... Healthcare Conference NY, NY           Friday, June 10, 2016 ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... -- The innovator of COMBO ... s first dual therapy stent, introduces catheters for lower ... a global company specializing in the provision of life-changing ... to treat peripheral artery disease. The JADE™ and Scoreflex™ ... lower limb and arteriovenous (AV) fistula intervention. ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... England , May 24, 2016 ... and Education in Clinical Neurophysiology  Elsevier ... information products and services, today announced the launch of ... an open access journal that focuses on clinical practice ... research, case reports, clinical series, normal values and didactic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: