Cancer treatment is hard on the heart

Jack Loacker Center for Cardio-Oncology

The Jack Loacker Center for Cardio-Oncology is a collaborative program of Providence Cancer Institute and Providence Heart Institute and seeks to help patients undergo lifesaving cancer care while keeping their hearts safe.
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Great Progress Brings New Challenges

 

Thanks to improved diagnostic capability and therapies, the death rate for all cancers declined by 27% between 1999 and 2019. Overall, 10-year survival stands at 50% across the 20 most common malignancies and approximately 80% or better in breast, lymphoma, melanoma, and uterine cancers. As a result of this progress, in the next five years the United States will have 20 million cancer survivors.

As more people survive cancer, the potential for future cardiovascular events increases. For a growing number of patients, their cancer treatments have caused, or maybe contributed to their heart disease. 

Some types of radiotherapy and chemotherapy can be cardiotoxic, and it is increasingly apparent that newer, targeted therapies may also injure the heart. Many patients were treated before the cardiovascular impacts of their cancer treatments were well understood or before there were alternatives. For others, even as new cancer therapies emerge, the best treatments are those with well-known cardiovascular risks. It is a challenge for the treating physician to minimize risks, many of which are unavoidable, while maximizing each patient’s chances of survival from their cancer.

Who is Jack Loacker?

Jack, along with his wife, Lynn, was a longtime supporter of Providence, especially cancer research. Jack was keenly interested in and a significant contributor to leading-edge cancer research projects. Jack served on the Providence Portland Medical Foundation Board of Directors until his death in 2020.

Meet Michael Layoun, M.D., FACC


Michael Layoun

Led by Michael Layoun, M.D., FACC, the Jack Loacker Center for Cardio-Oncology will work to prevent and treat adverse cardiovascular effects of cancer therapies and advance research on how those adverse effects arise, who is most vulnerable to them and how they may be prevented or reduced. 

Born and raised in Portland, Dr. Layoun earned his bachelor of science in biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State University and completed his medical training at Oregon Health & Science University.

After a three-year residency at University of California, Los Angeles, he returned to Portland to complete his cardiovascular medicine fellowship at OHSU, where he also served as chief fellow during his final year of training.

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Innovative research
The research component of the Jack Loacker Center will focus on identifying and understanding genetic factors that may contribute to the cardiovascular impacts of current and emerging cancer therapies. The center also will explore why some patients are more susceptible to cardiac effects than others. This research is essential to advancing national standards for cardio-oncological care.
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State-of-the-art clinical care
The Jack Loacker Center’s clinical program will care for patients throughout their cancer journey. This includes patients with pre-existing cardiac issues, those who are susceptible to both known and unknown adverse effects of cancer treatment, and patients who may develop cardiovascular disease years after their cancer treatment. Your gift can help fund essential elements of the center’s clinical program.

Innovative Research

The research component of the Jack Loacker Center will focus on identifying and understanding genetic factors that may contribute to the cardiovascular impacts of current and emerging cancer therapies and attempt to determine why some patients are more susceptible to cardiac effects than others.

Research is also essential to advance much needed national standards for cardio-oncological care, especially how risk factors may be modified prior to treatment for cancer to prevent or reduce cardiovascular damage. The Jack Loacker Center has an extraordinary opportunity to undertake this work to improve care for patients around the world.


Your gift can fund these essential elements of the clinical program:

  • Dedicated time for medical director
  • Nurse navigator
  • Diagnostic equipment
  • Continuing medical education for clinical staff

 

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