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Dr Meyer discusses the rarity of cardiac angiosarcoma, optimizing detection strategies, surgical interventions, and chemotherapy for this patient population, and why immunotherapy has the potential to transform care for patients.
Welcome to OncLiveOn Air®! I’m your host today, Jason Harris.
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In today's episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Christian Frederick Meyer, MD, PhD, MS, lead medical oncologist for adult patients with sarcoma at Johns Hopkins University.
Cardiac angiosarcoma has been in the news ever since the death of acclaimed fashion designer Virgil Abloh in November 2021. Cardiac angiosarcoma is a very rare subset of an already rare disease. Dr Meyer said that out of approximately 700 angiosarcomas diagnosed in the United States annually, roughly 50 of those will be cardiac angiosarcoma.
The disease is difficult to detect in its early stages. Most patients present with advanced metastatic disease and survival is poor. Although most patients receive surgery, there is no standard of care and treatments are borrowed from regimens for other sarcomas.
In our interview, Dr Meyer explained why he sees chemotherapy as a vital part of the treatment regimen for eligible patients and why he believes immunotherapy has the potential to transform care for patients with cardiac angiosarcoma.
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