Some cancer treatments can damage the heart and the cardiovascular system. UAB Medicine’s cardio-oncology clinic addresses that problem by offering complete testing and specialized care to help protect patients who are undergoing cancer treatment that can affect cardiovascular function. The clinic is part of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB and offers convenient locations at both The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital and The Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road.Side effects like high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), heart blockages, blood clots, stroke, and heart failure can be caused or made worse by cancer treatments such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and newer approaches such as targeted therapy or immunotherapy. Certain side effects and complications that cause cardiac problems occur during cancer therapy, but others may show up much later. The cardio-oncology clinic was created to monitor for and detect any such side effects and respond to them as quickly and effectively
The second most common cause of death in cancer survivors is heart disease, so it’s important to identify any potential cardiac side effects from cancer treatment and treat or prevent them, when possible. The cardio-oncology clinic is specifically designed to serve cancer patients at risk of heart disease or with existing heart disease. The clinic team is part of UAB Medicine’s nationally ranked Cardiovascular Institute, and these highly specialized physicians are experts in treating specific heart and vascular conditions. They use advanced cardiology evaluations to identity patients who may be at increased risk for cardiac problems related to cancer treatment. These same providers address and manage existing complications from cancer treatment that can affect the cardiovascular system.
As a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB offers specialized programs and care teams to help patients at every stage of their cancer journey. The cardio-oncology clinic offers the most advanced technology and resources at both The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital and at The Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road, our convenient suburban location just off I-459 in the Altadena community south of Birmingham.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials