As childhood cancer survival rates continue to rise, some survivors may face long-term heart and blood vessel problems from treatment like chemotherapy, chest radiation and bone marrow transplant.
Childhood cancer survivors are at a higher risk for heart-related problems can happen at the start of cancer treatment or come decades later in adulthood. These can include heart valve problems, coronary artery disease, lipid disorders, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and heart failure. The sooner we can detect and manage a child’s risk, the better we can protect them from serious problems in the future.
Nemours Children’s cardio-oncology team is part of award-winning heart centers in Delaware and Florida. We screen cancer survivors for heart conditions early and often. We work closely with our cancer team and cancer survivorship program to customize plans that prevent heart-related issues over the long-term.
Our team gives kids building blocks to become healthy adults. We focus on good nutrition, physical activity and healthy habits. Our goals are simple. We want childhood cancer survivors to have the best quality of life and the healthiest future possible.