Advances in chemotherapeutic agents have resulted in significantly improved cancer survival rates. Cardiac toxicity, however, has emerged as a leading cause of morbidity, both during and years after treatment. One of the most common manifestations of cardiotoxicity is that of heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction. In this review, current opinions and guidelines in this field are discussed, with particular focus on the most common culprits, the anthracyclines, and the monoclonal antibody, trastuzumab.
Susan E Piper - King’s College London, The James Black Centre, London, UK; Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Theresa A McDonagh - King’s College London, The James Black Centre, London, UK; Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
The research was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.