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Our Cardio-Oncology Program

Comprehensive Care to Protect Your Heart Before, During and After Cancer Treatment

When you or a loved one are diagnosed with cancer, you’ll begin a treatment regimen that may include chemotherapy and radiation. While these treatments are lifesaving for cancer, they may cause damage to your heart.

That’s why we offer the first and only cardio-oncology program in the Mid-Hudson Valley and northwestern Connecticut. Our seamless approach integrates your oncology care with the expertise of The Heart Center and our nationally recognized cardiovascular program to develop a plan to protect your heart throughout and beyond your cancer treatment.

Cancer treatments may cause heart complications such as palpitations, chest pain, or heart failure. To prevent and reduce these effects, your Heart Center cardiologist and oncologists on the medical staff of Vassar Brothers Medical Center will collaborate on a personalized care plan and work closely to monitor your treatment plan with the goal of minimizing any damage to your heart.

Our cardiologists can assess patients for potential risk of developing heart disease due to cancer treatment, drugs or radiation and can recognize heart issues early in treatment.

Your cardio-oncology care begins as soon as you are diagnosed with cancer. Your oncologist will coordinate with your Heart Center cardiologist to develop a baseline evaluation of your heart, which usually includes a 3-D echocardiogram, myocardial strain imaging and other imaging tests.

Ongoing monitoring after cancer treatment is also essential to identify early signs of heart disease.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our cardio-oncology program is the first and only such program in the Mid-Hudson Valley and northwestern Connecticut.
  • When you choose our cardio-oncology program, you’ll feel confident that The Heart Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center offer state-of-the-art, nationally recognized cardiovascular care right here in your community. During cancer treatment, there is no need to travel far from home to access this highly specialized care.
  • As cancer survivors are now living much longer, potential heart impacts from cancer treatments need specialized cardiac care long-term.
  • Members of the cardio-oncology team include Health Quest and Heart Center cardiologists, medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, endocrinologists and geneticists. Other team members include oncology-trained nurses, genetic counselors, patient navigators and registered dietitians.
  • Your care team is highly trained, compassionate and experienced in listening carefully to your concerns and needs and includes one of the only cardio-oncology specialists in the region.
  • Patients in this innovative program are entering a growing registry of participants. The program results will be shared for peer-reviewed articles for the benefit of present and future cancer survivors.

Conditions We Treat

Our Cardio-oncology program:

  • Offers prevention before cancer therapy begins and, importantly, also monitors the heart during and after cancer treatment.
  • Treats patients with cancer who have risk factors for heart disease, or who exhibit symptoms of heart disease. Treating these risk factors can reduce the possibility of heart complications resulting from cancer therapies.
  • Treats cancer survivors who exhibit new symptoms of heart disease.

Related Treatments and Technology

  • Assessment of the effects of cardiotoxic treatments on the heart
  • Cancer Care
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surveillance monitoring
  • Three-dimensional echocardiography
  • Myocardial strain imaging by echocardiography
  • Medical management and medication management of patients with pre-existing heart disease
  • Nuclear imaging
  • Cardiac MRI