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Cardio-Oncology

Let’s keep your heart healthy and strong

Fighting cancer can be overwhelming enough all on its own. When you also need specialized care for any existing or new heart condition, it can be downright frightening. That’s where we can help.

Our cardio-oncology team at VCU Health Pauley Heart Center collaborates with the experts at VCU Massey Cancer Center to provide seamless expert heart care before, during and after your cancer treatment. Whether you’re managing a new or already existing heart condition, we’ll work with you, your family and your entire cancer team, so your heart condition doesn’t interfere with your cancer treatment.

Cancer and your heart

Advances in cancer care are leading to better patient outcomes. Sometimes, though, cancer treatments can impact your heart health. That’s especially true if you have any pre-existing conditions, like high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or have a family history of heart disease.

Wherever you are on your cancer journey, we’re here to offer the support and care you need. That includes:

  • Treating acute cancer conditions related to cardiotoxicity. Certain cancer drugs can cause damage to the heart muscle, which can affect its function and health. Typically, this type of condition is seen during cancer treatment or immediately after it ends. We’ll work alongside your care team to help build your heart health and avoid any delays in your treatment.
  • Treating late cardiovascular effects of cancer treatment. Sometimes, heart damage from cancer treatment isn’t evident immediately after therapy ends. You’ll be closely monitored by your cancer care team, including regular cardiovascular screenings. If you should develop any conditions connected to your cancer treatment, we’ll be here to give you peace of mind with proven approaches to cardiovascular care.
  • Modifying risk factors before, during and after cancer treatment. Keeping your heart healthy and strong starts with preventive care – and managing any conditions you may already have. Our team includes cardiologists, dietitians, nurses and others to help you make healthy choices that will support your heart health today and long into the future.

Advancing cardio-oncology care

At Pauley Heart Center, you’ll have access to the latest innovations in cardio-oncology care along with proven, evidence-based therapies. We also offer advanced cardiovascular imaging – including cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)  – so we can get a clear image of your heart and create a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Our team also actively participates in research – from drafting research papers to investigating promising new drugs for our patients. In fact, we are currently participating in the National Cancer Institute-funded UPBEAT study, which is helping us better understand how breast cancer therapies affect the heart, exercise ability and fatigue compared to those without breast cancer.

Meet your cardio-oncology team

The cardio-oncology team at Pauley Heart Center includes compassionate and experienced cardiologists who understand cancer therapy's impact on the heart. Together, with you, your family and your entire cancer care team, we’ll help strengthen your heart so you can continue to enjoy all that you love.