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The Cardio-Oncology Program at Massachusetts General Hospital is an initiative between the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and the Mass General Cancer Center, two top-ranked centers at the forefront of patient care and research.
Patients with cancer may have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, as cancer therapies may affect the heart and vascular systems. It is important to prevent, monitor and treat cardiovascular disease in cancer survivors and patients to ensure long-term health. Our team of leading cardiologists and oncologists collaborate to provide comprehensive cardiovascular care to patients with cancer who have, or are at risk for, heart disease.
We provide the following services:
During your first consultation, your care team will conduct a physical examination and review your medical history. Our consultations are performed by cardio-oncologists who provide specialized cardiac care to cancer patients and cancer survivors.
If you are a new patient, we ask that you bring a list of the medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take, along with information on dosages. Additionally, please bring any medical records, CDs of images, consultation notes, and notes on previous treatments and their effectiveness. We use this information at the time of your first visit to get a complete picture of you and your overall condition in order to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
We may recommend additional testing if needed and will help coordinate any scheduling. Our team will collaborate with your referring physician and ensure that he or she is aware of any test results and next steps in your treatment.
Our dedicated nurse coordinator is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm to take relevant information about your condition and make a timely appointment with our team. Call 866-644-8910 to speak to a nurse coordinator or request an appointment online.
If you are a physician and would like to refer your patient to the Cardio-Oncology Program, please call 866-644-8910.
We see patients as soon as possible and coordinate care with our multidisciplinary team.
As an academic medical center, Mass General invests in research to understand diseases and develop new approaches in treatment. Our doctors are leaders within their respective fields and collaborate with colleagues in various departments across the hospital. As a patient, you can benefit from shared expertise, leading research, and our commitment to quality and excellence.
The goal of the research conducted in the Cardio-Oncology Program is to prevent cardiovascular complications associated with cancer and cancer treatments. Our research studies use novel cardiovascular imaging techniques (advanced ultrasound, CT and MRI) and the measurement of substances found in blood to follow patients. There are three main areas where these advanced techniques are applied:
There may be an opportunity to participate in one of our research studies. Your cardio-oncologist can help you determine if you are eligible for a study.
Mass General is consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our ranking is based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 different specialties. Our commitment to excellence means that we work to ensure that you receive the best care at all points during your visit. Our cardio-oncology team works in close contact with your cancer specialists to ensure a coordinated, seamless experience.
Arrhythmias are heart rhythm disorders that may originate in the atria (the receiving chambers of the heart) or the ventricles (the pumping chambers of the heart).
Cardiac sarcoma is a type of tumor that occurs in the heart. Cardiac sarcoma is a primary malignant (cancerous) tumor.
Coronary heart disease occurs when cholesterol builds up within the walls of the heart’s arteries (coronary arteries), forming what is called plaque.
A heart attack occurs when one or more regions of the heart muscle experience a severe or prolonged lack of oxygen caused by blocked blood flow to the heart muscle.
The heart’s valves can have one of two malfunctions - regurgitation (when the valve does not completely close) or stenosis (a narrowing of the valve).
Blood pressure, measured with a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope by a nurse or other health care provider, is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls.
Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium, the thin sac (membrane) that surrounds the heart.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Cardio-Oncology Program is honored by the Mass General Cancer Center for its work in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease related to chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
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