Current Heart Failure Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 270–279 | Cite as

Pharmacologic Management of Cancer Therapeutics-Induced Cardiomyopathy in Adult Cancer Survivors

  • J. Emanuel FinetEmail author
  • Gregory A. Wiggers
Pharmacologic Therapy (W Tang, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Pharmacologic Therapy


Purpose of Review

The number of cancer survivors is exponentially increasing worldwide, due to both advances in cancer detection and treatment strategies, as well as the aging and growth of the population. This decrease in cancer mortality has brought forth a concurrent increase of non-ischemic (toxic) dilated cardiomyopathy in the survivor population, also known as cancer therapeutics-induced cardiomyopathy (CTIC). The optimal pharmacological management for this condition is still elusive, and hence, the focus of this work.

Recent Findings

Our review of the literature did not identify any prospective randomized clinical trial of CTIC in adult cancer survivors, neither published nor in progress. However, available data seem to suggest that, when managed with standard guideline-derived medical therapy, the outcomes of CTIC are comparable to that of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC). Nonetheless, the evidence behind this strategy is inadequate.


Until new information becomes available, pharmacological management of CTIC must parallel that of IDC. However, implementation of such may be hindered by other cancer therapeutics-induced comorbidities and conditioned by the particular effects of heart failure pharmacotherapy on cancer outcomes. This work succinctly reviews these three areas, in the context of adult cancer survivors.


Heart failure Cancer survivors Cardiotoxicity Cancer therapies Cardiomyopathy Heart failure pharmacotherapy 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Heart Failure and Transplantation Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular MedicineCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Clinical EffectivenessWolters Kluwer HealthHudsonUSA

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