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Insights Into Cancer – August 7, 2018

Cardiac Health After Cancer

Presented by Megha Agarwal, MD

About the Lecture

The life expectancy of cancer survivors has significantly increased over the past few decades due to the incredible advances in cancer treatments and anti-cancer therapies. While these treatment modalities have prolonged survival significantly, cancer survivors that have had certain types of chemotherapy and radiation are at increased long-term risk for long-term cardiac effects. Additionally, men and women cancer survivors should know heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. The known long-term cardiac effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment and the critical importance of maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and diet for cancer survivors are discussed. Also highlighted is the need for continued cardiac screening in special populations of cancer survivors that have undergone treatments with certain chemotherapy and radiation treatments that put them at higher risk of cardiovascular complications later in life.

About the Speaker

Megha Agarwal, MD is a Southern California native who trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and at the University of California in Irvine. She completed additional specialty cardiovascular training in Women and Heart Disease at the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and in Cardio-Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her emphasis is in advanced echocardiography, early detection and treatment of heart disease in cancer survivors and management of cardiovascular disease in women.

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