Cancer and Heart Disease (Onco-Cardiology)

Heart disease can be one of the side effects of some cancer chemotherapies or radiation.

Conditions such as cardiomyopathy, heart attacks, strokes, and congestive heart failure can develop with some types of cancer treatment.

Understanding the two medical specialties is vital in treating cancer patients who develop heart conditions or heart patients who develop cancer.

Onco-Cardiology is an emerging field that allows specialists to focus on both medical areas, treat patients’ cancer and heart disease, and improve their outcomes with both conditions.

Cancer and Heart Disease Treatment Advances

While researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and around the world are making breakthroughs in the connection between cancer treatment therapies and heart disease, UT Southwestern is at the forefront of understanding and treating the conditions.

Our cancer and heart disease team investigates how to shield the cardiovascular system from unwanted side effects of cancer treatment and, when damage does occur, how best to treat cancer survivors with their unique cardiac conditions.

Thomas Andrews, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern, specializes in onco-cardiology and is part of a team of basic scientists and cardiovascular clinicians at UT Southwestern studying this problem and caring for patients. Their goal is to help return cancer survivors to the highest possible quality of life after cancer.

Dr. Andrews actively participates in research to improve early detection and treatment for patients with cardiotoxicity – cancer treatment that has inadvertently damaged the heart.

Request an Appointment

For an appointment at our facility in Dallas or for more information about our cancer and heart disease services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.