Chemotherapy with anthracyclines and radiation therapy have significantly improved survival outcomes for children with many forms of cancer. Yet the effectiveness of these treatments can come at a high cost to the heart. Pediatric oncologist Seth Rotz, MD, and cardiologist Shahnawaz Amdani, MD, discuss how they screen for and manage cardiac complications during treatment for pediatric cancer.
Cardiac disease resulting from prior radiation therapy to the chest requires some key variations from typical management. An expert panel has just issued some practical guidance.