Targeted therapy drugs (also called biological therapies) are used to treat many different cancers. Some of these drugs can affect the heart.
Different drugs can cause different heart problems. Some may cause high blood pressure or abnormal heart rhythms. Others can cause symptoms of angina or heart failure.
If you want to know more about a targeted therapy drug you are taking, ask your cancer doctor. They can give you information about possible effects on your heart.
Some of the most common drugs that may affect the heart include:
- trastuzumab (Herceptin®)
- bevacizumab (Avastin®)
- sunitinib (Sutent®)
- sorafenib (Nexavar®)
- imatinib (Glivec®).
We have more information about targeted therapy drugs.
Researchers are still looking at the effect some newer drugs have on heart health. Your cancer doctor will talk to you about possible risks before you start any treatment. They will give you advice about any symptoms and may arrange tests to check your heart before, during and after treatment.