Receiving a cancer diagnosis and going through cancer treatment is life-altering for many patients. Unfortunately, unexpected cardiac complications can arise as a result of cancer treatments in some cases. These complications can affect patients with no known heart disease risk factors and individuals with health issues unrelated to cancer.
Rochester Regional Health’s cardio-oncology team is committed to working with patients and advising them before, during, and after cancer treatment to help prevent and minimize heart damage caused by chemotherapy and radiation.
Several risk factors can play a role in increasing the likelihood of complications, such as health history and age. Others include:
It’s important to pay attention to how your body is reacting to treatment, and notify your physician or care team if you experience the following symptoms:
Lifestyle adjustments can address the risk factors of heart disease and help lessen the odds of cardiac complications. Our physicians actively promote these changes, regardless of your risk factors:
Cancer treatments can take a serious emotional toll on patients and their loved ones. It’s important to keep in mind that not all cancer treatments cause heart problems, and not everyone who receives cancer therapies will end up with complications.