Cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are the two most common causes of death and disease worldwide! The incidence of both cancer and cardiovascular disease increases with age. With increased life expectancy, the burden of both diseases will increase substantially over the next decade. Today, there is a very low evidence base with a lot of open questions. Many patients today are cured of their cancer and thus not dying from cancer but from CVD.
Some cardiac diseases predate the diagnosis of cancer, whereas other conditions like chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy and radiation-related heart disease are directly related to the cardiotoxic side effects of cancer therapy. Cardio-oncology has developed as a new discipline within cardiovascular medicine as a result of the cardiac and vascular adverse sequelae of cancer therapy.
Cardio-oncology has organically developed as a new discipline within cardiovascular medicine as a result of the cardiac and vascular adverse sequelae of cancer therapy advancement. Clinically, these challenges are best addressed by a multidisciplinary approach in which cardiovascular medicine specialists work closely with oncologists in the care of patients with cancer as well as cancer survivors.
Consequently, this led to the formation of the Cardio-Oncology Society of Southern Africa [COSOSA] to cater for the need of a local multidisciplinary constituent body. COSOSA, is an affiliate of the International Cardio-Oncology Society (ICOS) and the first society of it’s kind in Africa.
The purpose of COSOSA is to advance the development of Cardio-Oncology in all its aspects in Southern Africa to make sure that the cancer patients are not only cured of their cancer but do not develop cardiovascular disease.
The COSOSA Directors Dr YT Singh (Cardiologist), Dr Ria David (Medical Oncologist) and Dr Ines Buccimazza (Specialist Surgeon) have engaged with KOL’s in Johannesburg (7 Oct 2019) and Cape Town (22 Nov 2019), where invaluable insight was gained. These meetings aimed at building relationships and expanding the clinical leadership and support of the society.
COSOSA will be hosting Africa’s first Cardio-Oncology Conference in Durban on 7 March 2020. We anticipate approximately 200 delegates from cardiology, haematology, oncology, surgery, internal medicine and general practice to attend as well as allied health care professionals with an interest in the effects of cancer treatment on the heart. The meeting will provide excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, interaction and networking.
The organizing committee has secured Professor Daniel Lenihan as a keynote speaker for the conference. Professor Lenihan is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardio-Oncology Center of Excellence, in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Washington University in St. Louis, USA. He is also the president of ICOS. Professor Eric Harrison, Head of Cardiology and Cardio-Oncology, University of South Florida, USA is also confirmed as faculty.
Please click on the link below to download the conference invitation.