In the last years relevant improvements have been achieved in cancer therapy with significant increase in overall survival. Simultaneously, there is growing evidence of increase cardiovascular side effects, associated not only with traditional therapy (such as anthracyclines or thoracic radiotherapy) but also with the new molecular target drugs. The occurrence of left ventricular dysfunction, hypertension, cardiac ischemia and arrhythmias in cancer survivors is a matter of concern, especially considering that there are more than 20 million surviving patients in Europe and USA. The development of cardiac injury during cancer treatment leads to discontinuance of effective and potentially curative drugs, compromising cancer prognosis.
The main goal of the Cardio-Oncology Unit is to develop knowledge to determine pretreatment risk, as well as serial measures of cardiovascular integrity during and in follow-up of cancer therapy. These assessments will allow a better understanding of individual risk (age, comorbidities, genetic susceptibility) and a better patient management concerning drug and radiation dose, predict response to cancer therapy, and develop effective prevention of cardiotoxicity.
Fiúza, Manuela, MD, PhD
Manuela Fiúza attended the Lisbon School of Medicine, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal and graduated in 1981. She did the fellowship of cardiology at Santa Maria Hospital – CHULN EPE, Lisbon and graduated in 1991. She has been working at the Department of Cardiology of Santa Maria Hospital – CHULN EPE, Lisbon where presently coordinates the cardiology outpatient clinic and is responsible for the cardio-oncology program. She is also a senior cardiologist at echocardiography laboratory.
In 2000, received her Ph.D. from Lisbon School of Medicine, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. While holding a position as Professor of Cardiology, has coordinated several pre- and post- graduated projects and was rewarded with several awards for scientific research. She is a member of several scientific societies and is fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7742-6195
Magalhães, Andreia, MD
Andreia Magalhães graduated at the Lisbon School of Medicine of the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, in 2008. She did her Cardiology training at Santa Maria University Hospital – CHULN, E.P.E (Lisbon, Portugal), where she works as Cardiologist Assistant since 2015. She has a post-graduation in Heart Failure by Heart Failure Association – European Society of Cardiology and Zurich University. She is a researcher at Cardiovascular Centre of Lisbon University (CCUL) since 2010. She is also Cardiology Invited Assistant at the Lisbon School of Medicine of the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Areas of interest: Cardio-Oncology, Heart Failure and Implantable Cardiac Devices.
Co-Researcher in Cardiac Rhythm Abnormalities
Nobre de Menezes, Miguel, MD
Completed his medical degree in 2010. Underwent general internship in 2011, and specific residency training in cardiology between 2012 and 2017 at the Cardiology Department, Santa Maria Hospital – CHULN, E.P.E, Lisbon. He is since a specialist in Cardiology at the same department. His main fields of interest are Interventional Cardiology and Cardio-Oncology. He is also teaching cardiology (theoretical and practical classes) at the Lisbon School of Medicine of the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. He has taken part in over 20 research projects, with over 20 published papers, 11 as first author. He has won the Delta award in ischemic cardiomyopathy in 2017 and the Young Investigator Award in Clinical Research in 2014 in the Portuguese Congress of Cardiology. He co-authored and additional 5 awarded research projects.
Co-Researcher in Structural and Coronary Heart Disease
Pereira, Paula Costa
Paula Costa obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Cardiopneumology from the School of Health Technologies of Lisbon (1992/1995) and received a degree in Cardiopneumology from the School of Technologies of Coimbra in Lisbon (2001/2002).
She works in the Heart and Vascular Department of Santa Maria Hospital – CHULN, E.P.E, Lisbon and has been part of the Cardiopneumology team since 1995.
She is currently placed in the external cardiology clinic where she is directly involved in the echocardiograms.
She also collaborates in Research Protocols, Clinical Trials and Professional Internships, carried out in the service.
Silva, Beatriz Valente, MD
Beatriz Silva graduated at the Lisbon School of Medicine of the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, in 2017. She is a Cardiology Resident at Santa Maria University Hospital – CHULN, E.P.E (Lisbon, Portugal). She is a researcher at Cardiovascular Centre of Lisbon University (CCUL) since 2021. She is also Cardiology Invited Assistant at the Lisbon School of Medicine of the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Areas of interest: Cardio-Oncology, Cardiovascular Imaging and Intervention Cardiology.