Managing Heart Health During and After Cancer

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Improvements in cancer treatment and earlier diagnosis have contributed to increased survival.

However, whilst cancer treatment ends, the impact often doesn’t.

Some cancer treatments can lead to heart problems, especially in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular problems. They can also carry an increased risk of cardiovascular disease that can have long-term consequences for the patient.

To tackle this, it is recommended that heart health is monitored and managed before, during and after cancer treatment. This is especially important for people with a cancer diagnosis and pre-existing heart conditions, or those receiving potentially cardio-toxic treatments.

Macmillan’s new guide, ‘Managing heart health during and after cancer treatment’, can help. It has been developed by an expert panel and provides guidance in the management of heart health before, during and after cancer treatment. A one page overview for quick reference has also been developed.

Recent articles on heart health include a report published in the PCCJ which highlights that primary care professionals can help improve cardiovascular outcomes for cancer survivors.  There has also been an online survey of GPs which found that 86% of GPs wanted further education on the cardiovascular effects of cancer treatment.

This guidance is complemented by, and kept in the public sphere by the patient facing booklet; Heart Health and Cancer Treatment. This document explains why having a healthy heart is important and also covers the cancer treatments that can cause heart problems and how these can be monitored and managed by the medical team.

To order or download the full guidance or overview, visit