Presentation Description: Certain chemotherapy drugs such as anthracyclines and/or radiation in the heart region, have greatly improved survival of childhood cancer, but can have late effects on heart function. Dr. Ross Davies, an adult Cardiologist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, has experience with heart failure and heart transplantation, including some patients who have been survivors of childhood cancer. In this presentation, he discussed the effects of chemotherapy and radiation on the heart, non-invasive cardiac diagnostic tests used to assess heart function such as echocardiography or radionuclide ventriculography, cardiac medications which can be given to improve heart function and heart healthy behavior including diet and exercise advice for survivors of pediatric cancer. He also explored some of the relevant publications such as the Children’s Cancer Survivor Study.
Speaker: Ross Davies, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FACC
Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Member, Heart Failure, Transplant and Pulmonary Hypertension Programs