Cardio-Oncology Clinic Provides Care for Cancer Patients at Risk for Heart Disease
While cancer survival rates continue to improve, research shows some chemotherapy and radiation treatments may cause damage to the heart. The Cardio-Oncology Clinic at Saint Francis Medical Center provides specialized assessment and care for patients in any stage of cancer treatment who have or are at risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
Led by Duc T. Nguyen, DO, interventional cardiologist, the clinic is located in the office of Cape Cardiology Group within the Medical Center’s Heart Hospital. The Cardio-Oncology Clinic is appropriate for patients with any type of cancer and in any stage of treatment. With every patient being different, patients may have one or multiple appointments at the clinic.
The Cardio-Oncology Clinic is most appropriate for cancer patients:
- Currently or previously treated with anthracycline, trastuzumab or other cardiotoxic drugs
- Who are overweight
- Who are hypertensive
- With elevated cholesterol
- With previous chest or neck irradiation
- With a bone marrow transplant
- With a family history of heart disease
- With an abnormal echocardiogram
The clinic’s team will screen patients for underlying cardiovascular disease, treat underlying cardiovascular disease and prepare patients for continued cardiotoxic treatment. Patients may undergo diagnostic tests and procedures as medically indicated.
Patients will receive treatment for cardiac tumors, are screened for clinical trials and are evaluated for preventive and new treatment strategies for the heart.
For those interested in seeing if they would qualify for a visit to Saint Francis’ Cardio-Oncology Clinic, take our free assessment by clicking this link.
To schedule an appointment at the Clinic, call the Saint Francis Consumer Call Center at 573-331-3996.