ORLANDO – Anthracycline chemotherapy was associated with a cardiotoxicity incidence of roughly 14% of breast cancer patients regardless of treatment with carvedilol, based on data from a randomized trial of 200 patients.
“Cardio-oncology has been neglected,” Monica Samuel Avila, MD, of Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade in São Paulo, Brazil, said in a video interview at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. “We have seen improvement of survival in patients with cancer, but with that comes complications related to treatment. I think that the interactions between cardiologists and oncologists are increasing in a more important way,” she said.
In the Carvedilol for Prevention of Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiotoxicity (CECCY) Trial, Dr. Avila and colleagues evaluated primary prevention of cardiotoxicity in women with normal hearts who were undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.