Men's Health: Cancer and the Heart - 7th July 2021 - 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Cancer and the heart
Improvements in cancer treatment and earlier diagnosis have contributed to increased survival. Unfortunately, many cancer treatments carry an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The CVD risk is of particular consideration in an ageing population of cancer survivors who may have co-morbidities which also exacerbate this risk, and in adult survivors of childhood cancer treatment who may present with CVD symptoms at a relatively young age. Heart disease following cancer treatment may be the result of direct CV damage, caused by the treatment or may be due to the development of cancer treatment-related CV risk factors.
Working with other professionals when necessary, GPs, community pharmacists and nurses are in a good position to follow-up people affected by cancer to ensure that CV risks are monitored, preventative action is taken, CVD is diagnosed and appropriate treatments are initiated.