Cancer therapy can save lives—but it can also cause heart problems. Cardiovascular complications resulting from cancer treatments can include heart failure, hypertension, pericardial diseases, thromboembolism, radiation-induced cardiovascular diseases and more.
Dr. Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan, Canada Research Chair in Cardio-Oncology, is studying these complications and working on ways to identify the patients who are most at risk of developing them. He and his research team are trying to identify reliable markers for the early detection of heart injury during cancer therapy. Their close collaboration with researchers and clinicians will make it easier for their discoveries to be seamlessly translated into clinical practice.