Cardio-Oncology Training: A Proposal From the International Cardioncology Society and Canadian Cardiac Oncology Network for a New Multidisciplinary Specialty

J Card Fail. 2016 Jun;22(6):465-71. doi: 10.1016/j.cardfail.2016.03.012. Epub 2016 Mar 30.


There is an increasing awareness and clinical interest in cardiac safety during cancer therapy as well as in optimally addressing cardiac issues in cancer survivors. Although there is an emerging expertise in this area, known as cardio-oncology, there is a lack of organization in the essential components of contemporary training. This proposal, an international consensus statement organized by the International Cardioncology Society and the Canadian Cardiac Oncology Network, attempts to marshal the important ongoing efforts for training the next generation of cardio-oncologists. The necessary elements are outlined, including the expectations for exposure necessary to develop adequate training. There should also be a commitment to local, regional, and international education and research in cardio-oncology as a requirement for advancement in the field.

Keywords: Cardio-oncology; cardiotoxicity; survivorship; training.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Cardiology / education*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy*
  • Consensus*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Medical Oncology / education*
  • Societies, Medical*