Publication of review article in the European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Imaging || Tales from the future - nuclear cardio-oncology, from prediction to diagnosis and monitoring || EN
Cancer and cardiovascular disease often share common risk factors, and patients with cardiovascular disease who develop cancer are at high risk of experiencing major adverse cardiac events. Additionally, cancer treatment can induce short- and long-term adverse cardiovascular events. Given the improvement in oncological patients' prognosis, the burden in this vulnerable population is slowly shifting towards increased cardiovascular mortality. Consequently, the field of cardio-oncology is steadily expanding, prompting the need for new markers to stratify and monitor the cardiovascular risk in oncological patients before, during, and after the completion of treatment. Advanced noninvasive cardiac imaging has raised great interest in the early detection of cardiovascular diseases and cardiotoxicity in oncological patients. Nuclear medicine has long been a pivotal exam to robustly assess and monitor the cardiac function of patients undergoing potentially cardiotoxic chemotherapies. In addition, recent radiotracers have shown great interest in the early detection of cancer treatment-related cardiotoxicity. In this review, we summarize the current and emerging nuclear cardiology tools that can help identify cardiotoxicity and assess the cardiovascular risk in patients undergoing cancer treatments, and discuss the specific role of nuclear cardiology alongside other noninvasive imaging techniques. Link to full article here.