West Virginia hospital combines cancer, cardiac services to better serve patients

Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, offers a program that combines cancer treatment and cardiac services, a unique initiative among providers, reports the Herald Dispatch.

The program is a joint collaboration between the Marshall Health Departments of Medical Oncology and Cardiology. It’s led by Maria Tirona, MD, an oncologist at the hospital and professor at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and Ellen Thompson, MD, a cardiologist and an associate professor at the med school.

"Chemotherapy and radiation therapy have revolutionized cancer treatment, but they can lead to potential adverse cardiovascular effects," Tirona said in a release. "Working together in the care of the cancer patient, the goal of the program is to minimize cardiotoxicity during cancer treatment and cardiovascular risks during cancer survival."

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