Cardiovascular complications of conventional anticancer therapy

Stefano Oliva, Agnese Maria Fioretti

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Objectives: Even though cancer survival has increased due to both the earlier diagnosis of disease and to the increasingly effective treatments, the side effects of cancer treatments, such as cardiotoxicity, remain clinically important. In fact, the prognosis of cancer patients is worsened by increased cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. This review aims to summarize the main cardiotoxic effects of conventional anticancer therapy, although still widely used and effective, and to verify the most effective treatments and the best preventive strategies. Conclusions: A careful cardiac evaluation before, during and after each chemotherapy treatment is needed to minimize the late cardiotoxic effects of traditional chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-77
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Echography
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Anthracyclines
  • Cancer therapy
  • Cardiac prevention
  • Cardiotoxicity
  • Heart failure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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