Treating Your Heart When You Have Cancer
When your heart needs care during your cancer treatment at Providence, we make sure your multidisciplinary team includes cardiovascular experts who understand cancer. Your cardio-oncology team works with you to create a personalized plan. This plan includes everything from diagnosis and treatment to the post-care support you need to feel your best. The result is compassionate, whole-person care for your body, mind and spirit.
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At Providence, we see the life in you. We are committed to making a positive difference in every life we touch.
More About Heart Disease in Someone Being Treated for Cancer
Some cancer patients may develop a heart condition, either as a result of their cancer treatment or from other factors such as genetics or lifestyle impact. If this happens to you, you are treated by heart care experts who specialize in diagnosing, managing and treating heart disease in cancer patients. This medical field is called cardio-oncology.
Testing and Diagnostics
Your heart and cancer care teams use many different methods to find out which therapies work best for you. They look at your symptoms, other medical conditions and overall health. They also use the most advanced diagnostics to evaluate your condition. Depending on your case, this may include one or more of the following:
- Blood test
- Chest X-ray
- CT imaging
- Diagnostic heart catheterization
- Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
- MRI (cardiac)
- Nuclear stress test/myocardial perfusion imaging
- PET scan
- Pharmacological stress test
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
Personalized Treatment for Your Heart When You Have Cancer
We know that no two patients are the same. This is why your care team works with you to design an individualized treatment plan based specifically on your heart condition and your personal needs. Every treatment plan includes lifestyle changes to support your recovery and long-term heart health.
Your care plan may include one or more of the following therapies:
- Cardiac surgery
- Heart valve repair/replacement/valvuloplasty
- Implantable cardio defibrillator (ICD)
- Prescription medications
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Meet the Team
At Providence, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.