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Can Cancer Treatment Affect Your Heart? CANCER and YOUR HEART A diagnosis of cancer is difficult for anyone. Getting the right diagnosis, choosing the right treatment options, working with the right team for you and your family – all are critical steps. With any cancer treatment comes certain risks that your doctor will discuss with you. But one risk presented by some of the best cancer therapies is a risk for heart problems. Some drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, sarcomas, renal cancer and lung cancer can potentially cause heart trouble. Even some drugs used in the treatment for childhood cancers can lead to cardiovascular problems in adults. That’s why Vanderbilt Heart is teaming up with the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. We are working together to understand how certain cancer treatments cause heart failure and how to prevent it. This collaboration will help identify patients who are at increased risk of developing heart problems while undergoing cancer treatment. VANDERBILT HEART Vanderbilt Heart is one of the region’s leading cardiovascular centers. We are dedicated to delivering state-of-the-art care for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Our heart program has been recognized among the best by “U.S. News and World Report”. And clinical research is a vital part of our center. VANDERBILT-INGRAM CANCER CENTER The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is one of an elite group of National Cancer Institutedesignated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only 41 to earn this distinction nationwide. Vanderbilt-Ingram is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a nonprofit alliance of 21 of the world’s leading cancer centers collaborating to improve care for patients everywhere. We are consistently recognized among the nation’s leading centers for excellence in compassionate, individualized cancer treatment. TEAMWORK MEANS BETTER CARE Our diagnostic goal in working together is to develop treatment plans that give patients the best chance of cancer survival with the least risk to the heart. Cardiologists, oncologists and research scientists from both Vanderbilt Heart and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center look carefully at a patient to see if any underlying heart condition exists. We also monitor patients without signs of cardiovascular risks, especially if they are receiving cancer treatments with known side effects to the heart. Our registry of patients means that we will continue to improve care. By following a patient’s progress and sharing information among physicians, researchers and clinicians across the country, we can improve outcomes. Our registry helps us identify those at high risk who would benefit from heart and cancer screenings. OUR CURRENT RESEARCH Today we are working to better understand the impact of breast cancer treatments on the heart. Our research studies will look for the early signs of cardiac changes in patients receiving certain types of chemotherapy drugs. By finding ways to identify cardiac effects early, we will be able to recommend cancer treatments that minimize a risk to your heart. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU Vanderbilt Heart and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center are committed to providing our patients with high quality and innovative treatments. Talk to your oncologist about this study or any concerns you may have about side effects of your therapy. Your health is our primary concern at Vanderbilt. OUR HEALTHCARE TEAM Douglas B. Sawyer, M.D., Ph.D. Director, Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program; Congestive Heart Failure Program/Transplantation Associate Professor of Medicine M.D.: Cornell University Medical College Postgraduate Training: Brigham & Women’s, Harvard Medical School, Boston Hospital Michael T. Baker, M.D. General Cardiology Assistant Professor of Medicine M.D.: University of Tennessee Postgraduate Training: Washington University/ Barnes Hospital, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Geoffrey Chidsey, M.D. General Cardiology Assistant Professor of Medicine M.D.: Indiana University School of Medicine Postgraduate Training: Medical University of South Carolina, Vanderbilt University Medical Center David A. Slosky, M.D. Interventional Cardiology Assistant Professor of Medicine M.D.: University of Colorado School of Medicine Postgraduate Training: Duke University Hospital Xuyang Peng, M.D., Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor of Medicine PARTICIPATING in THE STUDY For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 615-322-2318. Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm, CST. Or visit our website: www.vanderbiltheart.com RED COAT VOLUNTEERS The Vanderbilt Heart Red Coats are volunteers from the community who welcome you as you arrive. They are stationed in Medical Center East at the second floor entrance. Many of our Red Coat volunteers have been patients here or have had loved ones cared for at Vanderbilt. They are happy to escort you and your family members to your clinic appointment. DIRECTIONS and MAP Medic al Ce nter D r. Vanderbilt Heart is located in Medical Center East, South Tower. Please use our free valet service for easy access. It is available in the East Garage. Dixie P l. Valet parking is always free. If you choose to self-park, remember to have your ticket stamped at the registration desk for complimentary parking. 1215 21st Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37232-8802 www.vanderbiltheart.com A Comprehensive Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.