Conditions + Treatments

Cardiac Tumors | Treatments

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How are benign cardiac tumors treated?

Benign (non cancerous) cardiac tumors are often very large, leading to compression of vital cardiac structures and the obstruction of blood flow in and out of the cardiac chambers. Surgery is typically the treatment of choice but is dependent on the tumor size, location, type, blood supply and impact on the child’s heart function and arrhythmias.

Removing a heart tumor usually requires open-heart surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove the tumor and some of the surrounding tissue from the heart and perform any necessary repairs or reconstruction to ensure the heart functions properly.

How are malignant cardiac tumors treated?

Surgery for malignant (cancerous) tumors may be an option, but typically treatment is palliative in nature and involves radiation, chemotherapy and management of symptoms. In some cases, heart transplantation is an option.

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