Supplementing written heart screening guidelines with telephone counseling from specially trained nurses more than doubled the likelihood that adult survivors of childhood cancer received recommended heart checks, according to results from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS). St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators led the research, whose findings appear in the current issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
The research focused on adults whose childhood cancer treatment put them at risk for a variety of heart problems, including heart muscle weakness known as cardiomyopathy, which can lead to heart failure and other health problems. This study was designed to understand and address why more survivors do not get the periodic heart screenings that are recommended to detect cardiomyopathy early when interventions may slow disease progression and prevent heart failure.
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