Interventional Cardiology in the Cancer Patient

  • Dinu Valentin Balanescu
  • Teodora Donisan
  • Konstantinos Marmagkiolis
  • Cezar IliescuEmail author
Reference work entry


In November 2009, the first cardiac catheterization laboratory in a cancer center in the world was opened at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. With it surfaced a new field of interventional onco-cardiology. In 2016, an expert consensus from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions issued a landmark document encouraging interventional cardiologists to address the special considerations affiliated with onco-cardiology care. Cancer patients are excluded from most major trials with cardiovascular endpoints, resulting in a lack of guideline-based management. The systemic impact of malignancy determines a pro-inflammatory, prothrombotic state, which in turn leads to accelerated coronary artery disease and an increased risk of acute vascular events. The presence of thrombocytopenia or anemia may discourage invasive management. Conditions unique to this population arise, such as chemotherapy-induced Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or peripheral vascular disease, malignant pericardial effusions, or radiation-induced heart disease. The purpose of this chapter is to highlight the unique issues facing interventional onco-cardiologists and to present the available tools for optimizing cardiovascular care in cancer patients.


Cardio-oncology Device-based therapies Endomyocardial biopsy Interventional cardiology Percutaneous coronary intervention Pericardiocentesis Peripheral vascular disease Radiation-induced heart disease Structural valve disease Takotsubo cardiomyopathy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dinu Valentin Balanescu
    • 1
  • Teodora Donisan
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Marmagkiolis
    • 2
  • Cezar Iliescu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of CardiologyThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Florida Hospital Pepin Heart InstituteTampaUSA

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