Today, heart diseases and neoplasms, to a great extent, tend to take on the characteristics of chronic conditions that require long-term monitoring and treatment. The rapidly increasing number of oncology patients, their increased survival, and the emergence of new treatment options that present cardiovascular complications ask of cardio-oncology specialists to be involved in all stages of cancer patient care: from informing patients of potential treatment complications to the possible treatment or even prevention of adverse cardiovascular complications with the aim of mitigating the increased cardiovascular risk.
The success of this effort depends on the collaboration between oncologists and cardiologists and its acceptance by the medical community and the health care system. The aim is to create specialised centres that can pass on knowledge and experience and promote research, thus enabling the creation of a high quality medical specialised services network for holistic patient management.
The purpose of the Cardio-Oncology Clinic is the investigation, prevention, treatment and long-term follow-up of cancer patients who present cardiac complications as a result of antineoplastic treatment.
It is also aimed at patients with known cardiac diseases who must undergo potentially cardiotoxic antineoplastic treatment.
- In the Cardio-Oncology Clinic, all patients with neoplasia who are to undergo antineoplastic treatment (e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy, etc.) are screened in order to establish the patient’s cardiological record (baseline). Patient data are to be monitored over time, both during and after antineoplastic treatment, in order to assess the development of cardiotoxicity.
- In case of cardiotoxicity, appropriate treatment is administered.
- In cardiac patients who develop neoplasia and must receive antineoplastic treatment, treatment is appropriately adjusted to prevent cardiotoxic complications.
The Cardio-Oncology Clinic is open daily 11-12 am by appointment at 210-6972004 or at the int. 1004 in a special office by the physicians of the 2nd Cardiology Clinic (Mr. Voumvourakis A. and Tympas K.) under the supervision of the Director of the 2nd Cardiology Clinic, Professor Mr. S. Toumanidis.
The Cardio-Oncology Clinic, in collaboration with the hospital’s IT department, created a standard electronic record for each patient. This is used to record the oncological treatment details of interest to the Cardiologist, as well as the diagnostic tests and treatment recommended by the Cardiologist for the information of the Oncologist. This ensures the creation of the patient’s personal record in the Cardio-Oncology clinic for comprehensive monitoring of the patient’s progress over time. This program has already been installed in 4 Oncology Clinics, with the prospect to be further extended to other clinics of similar interest.
The Cardio-Oncology Clinic has at its disposal the equipment of the 2nd Cardiology Clinic to carry out both bloodless and invasive procedures, as well as the equipment of the hospital’s Radiology Laboratory and Nuclear Cardiology Department.