The EACVI survey on cardiac imaging in cardio-oncology
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Early and late cardiovascular (CV) toxicities related to many cancer treatments may complicate the clinical course of patients, offsetting therapeutic benefits, and altering prognosis. The early detection, monitoring, and treatment of cardiotoxicity have therefore become essential parts of cancer patient care. CV imaging is a cornerstone of every cardio-oncology unit, but its use may vary across Europe because of the non-uniform availability of advanced imaging techniques and differences in the organization and logistics of cardio-oncology services. The purpose of this EACVI survey in cardio-oncology is to obtain real-world data on the current usage of cardiac imaging in cancer patients. Data from 104 centres and 35 different countries confirmed that cardiac imaging plays a pivotal role in the detection and monitoring of cardiac toxicity in oncology patients in Europe and beyond. However, it also revealed gaps between guidelines recommendations and everyday clinical practice, highlighting some of the challenges that need to be overcome in this rapidly advancing field.