Cancer patients and cancer survivors may face an increased risk of heart and vascular disease.
Sometimes, this increased risk is due to side effects of cancer treatment (either chemotherapy or radiation therapy). In other cases, risk factors for cancer (such as smoking) may increase the risk of heart disease. Heart and vascular care of cancer patients and cancer survivors (“cardio-oncology”) has become an emerging issue in medicine. This website provides patients with a resource to learn more about their risk of heart and vascular disease based on their cancer history as well as guidelines on how to reduce this risk. An important concept to consider is that the specific risks are different for each cancer patient, for each cancer type and as a result of specific treatments.