First European Society of Cardiology Cardio-Oncology Guidelines: A Big Leap Forward for an Emerging Specialty

Mark T. Nolan, Louise Creati, Bogda Koczwara, Leonard Kritharides, James Lynam, Alexander R. Lyon, Kazuaki Negishi, Doan T.M. Ngo, Liza Thomas, Janette Vardy, Aaron L. Sverdlov

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The recent release of the European Society of Cardiology’s Cardio-Oncology guidelines represents a substantial and significant body of scholarly work [1]. These are the first cardio-oncology guidelines to be published by a large multi-national cardiovascular professional society (in collaboration with the European Haematology Association and European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology) and also the first guidelines to be produced through joint partnership between cardiology and oncology multinational associations. Developed over 2 years by an accomplished and diverse team, the comprehensive guidelines consist of 133 pages and contain 50 tables, 48 figures and 837 references with 271 new recommendations. Cardio-toxicity monitoring protocols for 18 classes of anti-cancer treatments are discussed in detail and many aspects of cardiovascular pathology, from valvular diseases to arrhythmia to cardiomyopathic conditions, are considered. This breadth of information confirms what several thought leaders in cardiology have previously advocated [2]: cardio-oncology has expanded beyond being a facet of general cardiology and is now unquestionably an independent subspecialty that merits recognition and its own accredited training programs with oversight and formalised governance by appropriate professional associations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1563-1567
Number of pages5
JournalHeart Lung and Circulation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Cardio-oncology
  • Editorial
  • Guidelines


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