September 23, 2010

Symposium to explore cancer’s impact on cardiac patients

Symposium to explore cancer’s impact on cardiac patients

Daytime television actor Anthony Herrera will be the featured guest speaker at this year's Cardiology & Oncology International Symposium, Friday, Oct. 8, at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel.

Anthony Herrera

Anthony Herrera

Herrera, known for his portrayal of villain James Stenbeck on “As the World Turns,” was diagnosed with a rare and usually fatal form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1997.

He underwent an autologous stem cell transplant and, after a relapse, Herrera received a donor stem cell transplant that made medical history.

Now in remission for 10 years, Herrera wrote the book, “The Cancer War,” and has testified on Capitol Hill about the importance of federal funding for stem cell research.

This year's Cardiology & Oncology International Symposium is designed to help medical professionals identify and screen cancer patients for cardiovascular disease and manage treatment for cancer patients who have already been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. The event also promotes research to improve outcomes in this patient population.

“There is a growing recognition that some cancer treatments may cause or exacerbate cardiovascular problems in some patients, and that cancer patients who already have cardiovascular disease must be managed very carefully,” said Daniel Lenihan, M.D., professor of Medicine and director of the Clinical Research Program for the Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 29.

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Registration fees will be waived for Vanderbilt Cardiology fellows, residents and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students, but they must register by calling 936-3762.