Our Approach to Cardio-Oncology Care
If you or a loved one comes to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute for cardio-oncology services, you can expect:
- A team of cardiologists specially trained to identify risks and treat cardiac problems in cancer patients.
- Seamless collaboration between our cardiologists and your cancer care team at Miami Cancer Institute.
- Compassionate care from a team whose goal is for you to successfully complete cancer treatment and live a full and healthy life.
If you are referred to us for cardiac imaging and assessment during cancer treatment, it doesn’t always mean you need heart treatment or frequent screenings. If we determine that you are at low risk for developing a heart problem, we refer you to our diagnostic imaging center for occasional screenings to make sure your heart still looks healthy. As long as we don’t notice any problems or changes on your imaging, you won’t need to come in for special treatment.
Your cardio-oncology team will continue to follow up with you even after you finish cancer treatment. This may include continuing regular appointments months or years after completing treatment. During these follow-up appointments, we use imaging to screen for any new heart problems and address any issues with treatment, if necessary.
Ultimately, our goal is to make sure you can stay on your cancer treatment plan and complete chemotherapy. However, some patients may need to stop chemotherapy while we work on getting the heart problem under control. If this happens, we work closely with your oncologist to coordinate treatment changes so you can get the best therapy in the safest way possible.