What Treatments Are Commonly Available?
Treatment of both benign and malignant heart tumors typically requires comprehensive diagnostic workup followed by surgical removal. Depending on the location of the tumor, complete resection (removal) may not be possible using standard surgical techniques.
What Makes the Heart Tumor Program at The Methodist Hospital Different?
At the Heart Tumor Program, patients have access to a combination of novel treatments and approaches that is unavailable anywhere else—and that yields superior outcomes year after year.
Each patient’s plan of care is designed under the direction of a unique multidisciplinary team comprised of imaging specialists, cardiologists, oncologists, and surgeons from The Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center as well as MD Anderson Cancer Center.
No two heart tumors are exactly alike, and at the Heart Tumor Program, we take a patient-centric approach to every case in our mission to achieve the best outcomes possible. While surgery is our specialty, we recognize that for many patients, chemotherapy, radiation, and other therapies play an equally vital role. And if surgery is called for, our surgeons can perform resections ranging from simple to complex, including minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.
Autotransplantation offers new hope to patients with heart tumors in areas that cannot be reached through traditional surgical methods. In this complex procedure, the surgeon removes the heart from the body, reconstructs it as needed following removal of the tumor, and re-implants it. The Heart Tumor Program’s Dr. Michael J. Reardon performed the first successful autotransplant in the world for a malignant heart tumor and is widely recognized as the preeminent expert in this technique.
For more information about the Heart Tumor Program or to schedule an appointment, please call 713-DEBAKEY (713-332-2539), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1Source: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal 2010 Sep; Vol. 6(3): 36
Blue line: Medical therapy alone
Red line: Historical results with surgery
Green line: Outcomes with the multimodality approach of the Heart Tumor Program (see #7 under Publications)