What is the UPMC Center for Cardio-Oncology?
Cancer care and cancer treatment have greatly evolved over the past decades. Thanks to teams of devoted researchers, cancer patients are surviving and thriving.
Detailed research has also led to the finding of cardiovascular toxicities from certain cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and radiation therapy.
The UPMC Center for Cardio-Oncology is a partnership between the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. We work to prevent, detect, and treat heart and blood vessel problems resulting from cancer treatment.
The center was among the first of its kind in Pittsburgh and the same clinical expertise is now being extended to Williamsport. It brings together the unique skills of both UPMC cardiologists and oncologists to provide complete care for cancer patients and survivors.
Goals of the UPMC Center for Cardio-Oncology
- Offer a team approach to cardiovascular and cancer care.
- Provide a streamlined path for you to schedule timely appointments, obtain cardiac testing, and receive comprehensive cardiac care.
- Offer a heart disease risk assessment before you start cancer treatment.
- Assess, detect, and treat the adverse effects of cancer treatment on heart health.
- Improve cancer-and heart-related patient outcomes.
- Further discern the complexity between cancer treatment plans and heart and vascular toxicities to create best practices for care.
Unique treatment approaches for heart problems and cancer
The UPMC Center for Cardio-Oncology works to prevent and treat the adverse cardiovascular effects of certain cancer treatments.
By teaming up with the experts at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, the center offers a unique treatment approach that includes:
- Assessing the risks of heart disease based on cancer type and treatment, family history, and other patient-specific factors.
- Using state-of-the-art 2- and 3-D echocardiography (echo), including myocardial strain assessment. Echo images of the heart let us track changes or effects of cancer treatment on heart function. They also help us predict who may be at a higher risk of cardiotoxicities.
- Working directly with cancer doctors to design treatment plans that lower the risk of heart disease while effectively treating cancer.
Learn more about our providers supporting the cardio-oncology program.
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
740 High St.
Williamsport, PA 17701
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
1100 Grampian Blvd.
Williamsport, PA 17701
Ask your oncologist if this program is right for you. For questions or additional information, call the UPMC Center for Cardio-Oncology at 570-326-8470.