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Can Cancer Treatment
Affect 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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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.
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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
A Comprehensive Cancer Center Designated
by the National Cancer Institute
Vanderbilt University is committed to principles
of equal opportunity and affirmative action.