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Keywords:

  • cardiovascular adverse events;
  • metastatic renal cell carcinoma;
  • sunitinib;
  • targeted therapy;
  • therapy management

Abstract

Targeted agents have significantly improved outcomes in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma, and are changing long-term expectations in these patients. Experience with these agents highlights a distinct safety and tolerability profile, differing from that observed with conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Cardiovascular adverse events have been observed when treating with targeted agents. This is of particular importance for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma who are elderly and present with significant comorbidities. A multidisciplinary approach and close collaboration between oncologists and cardiologists is essential for optimal management of cardiovascular adverse events. Strategies for the management of these adverse events include assessment of cardiovascular status at baseline and at regular intervals, patient education, and the use of supportive medication. Effective therapy management allows patients with cardiovascular adverse events to receive and continue targeted therapy with careful monitoring. Implementation of therapy management measures contributes towards maximizing treatment outcomes with targeted agents in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma.