Coordinating Cardio-Oncology Care
Cardiotoxicity is now the second leading cause of long-term morbidity and mortality among cancer survivors. The discipline of cardio-oncology has developed in response to the combined decision-making necessary to optimize the care of patients with cancer, whether they are receiving active treatment or are long-term survivors after successful treatment. Collaboration between cardiologists, oncologists, and allied healthcare professionals who provide cancer care is essential. The clinical care and support of patients during, and following their cancer therapy remains our primary goal; education of patients and healthcare providers is essential in order to empower individuals and healthcare providers with the knowledge needed to deliver the best cancer therapies while optimizing cardiovascular health. Development of educational programs with established expectations in cardio-oncology will facilitate early exposure of trainees to this field and lead to the next generation of cardio-oncologists.