Out of the frying pan and into the fire: Damage-Associated molecular patterns and cardiovascular toxicity following cancer therapy

Nicole S. Klee, Cameron G. McCarthy, Patricia Martinez-Quinones, R. Clinton Webb

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Cardio-oncology is a new and rapidly expanding field that merges cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is an omnipresent side effect of cancer therapy; in fact, it is the second leading cause of death in cancer survivors after recurrent cancer. It has been well documented that many cancer chemotherapeutic agents cause cardiovascular toxicity. Nonetheless, the underlying cause of cancer therapy-induced cardiovascular toxicity is largely unknown. In this review, we discuss the potential role of damage-Associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) as an underlying contributor to cancer therapy-induced cardiovascular toxicity. With an increasing number of cancer patients, as well as extended life expectancy, understanding the mechanisms underlying cancer therapy-induced cardiovascular disease is of the utmost importance to ensure that cancer is the only disease burden that cancer survivors have to endure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-317
Number of pages21
JournalTherapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017



  • cancer therapy
  • cardio-oncology
  • cardiotoxicity
  • cardiovascular disease
  • damage-Associated molecular patterns
  • inflammation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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