Chemotherapy and other treatments (such as radiation) can have side effects on the heart muscle. In an effort to better understand how certain treatments affect the heart muscle, we are currently recruiting individuals with kidney cancers (such as renal cell carcinoma) to have an evaluation of the heart. The evaluations in this study are done using an ultrasound test called an echocardiogram; this non-invasive exam allows us to see the internal structures of the heart and evaluate any changes that might occur due to cancer treatments. The goals of this study are to determine the frequency of these side effects, and to develop better screening guidelines for individuals undergoing treatment for kidney cancers.
- The goal of the Expanded Blood or Marrow Transplant Long-term Follow-up Study is to:
- Understand the long-term health issue faced by patients undergoing BMT
- Describe the burden of cancer and its after-effects in people who have had a BMT compared to their brothers or sisters of similar age who have not had cancer
- Describe lifestyle factors, such as use of tobacco and heavy drinking, that can increase the risk of health problems, and describe how BMT survivors use health care compared to their brothers or sisters of a similar age who have not had cancer
- Describe the risks of developing long-term after-effects in people undergoing BMT
- Create a bank of genetic (DNA) specimens for future study to help identify people at highest risk for developing long-term complications of cancer tretment, and how best to treat these conditions
Donors, recipients and friends and family join City of Hope staff at a BMT reunion. A collaborative research effort between City of Hope and University of Minnesota examines detailed information regarding the long-term health of those treated with BMT.