Heart care important for cancer survivors
New research out of Flinders has revealed cancer survivors require more care, awareness, and management of other health conditions – in particular cardiovascular disease – to help them live longer after cancer treatment.
Professor Bogda Koczwara published the findings of a research project funded through a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant, made possible thanks to your generous support of cancer research, prevention and care.
Prof Koczwara said these important findings would help guide improvements in care for patients in the future.
“If we want cancer survivors to live a long and healthy life and have a life expectancy that is equivalent of the general population, then we need to address not just their cancer mortality but also mortality from other conditions, in particular cardiovascular disease,” Prof Koczwara says.
This additional care could focus on more cardio-oncology services and collaboration between cardiologists and oncologists, making sure patients are more connected to their GPs following treatment, and also equipping patients with self-management support and resources.
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