Some cancer treatments may put you at risk for heart problems. But help is within reach. In a partnership with MultiCare’s Pulse Heart Institute, MultiCare Regional Cancer Center offers uncommon expertise in catching the early signs of these problems. Our focus on your long-term well-being helps us deliver effective cancer care while protecting your heart.
Cardio-Oncology Services at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center
MultiCare is home to a cardio-oncologist who specializes in heart problems that occur after receiving certain cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy. This level of expertise is not widely available in the South Puget Sound.
Our expert is at the forefront of cardio-oncology through research and national leadership in professional organizations. He also shares knowledge with other cardiologists and oncologists through national education programs and through our partnership with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Meet Ahmad Slim, MD.
We keep your cancer care journey moving forward with:
- Sophisticated imaging tests: We often use an echocardiogram to check for signs of heart problems. This test produces 3D images of your heart structures using sound waves and is not widely available in the South Puget Sound. If we suspect a problem, such as an infection in the lining of the heart (myocarditis), we use additional tests. You may also receive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for an accurate diagnosis.
- Timely access: If you are at risk, we get you in to see our cardio-oncologist as quickly as possible. We see many patients within two business days, or sooner when necessary. If we detect a heart problem, you may receive treatment in as little as two days so you can resume cancer treatments as quickly as possible. You continue receiving imaging tests as often as necessary based on your unique circumstances.
- Coordinated care: Our cardio-oncologist is in regular contact with MultiCare cancer experts. We discuss important details about your heart and cancer care, allowing us to adjust treatments to your changing needs.
- Ongoing monitoring: After you complete treatment, your personalized cancer survivorship plan may include heart imaging to catch problems that develop over time. Find out more about our survivorship clinic.
More Information About Cancer and Heart Problems
Certain cancers and cancer treatments may put you at risk for heart problems, including:
Heart conditions that may occur in people with cancer include:
- Coronary artery disease, which is a problem affecting the heart’s blood vessels
- Congenital heart failure, which affects the heart’s ability to pump blood
- Myocarditis, which happens when there is an infection in the lining of the heart
We do everything possible to help you avoid heart problems. If there are any concerns, you receive care from the experts at MultiCare’s Pulse Heart Institute – the Pacific Northwest's destination for adult heart health. Find out more about Pulse Heart Institute.
For more information or to request an appointment, please call us at 253-403-6399 or complete our appointment request form.