The Potential for Implantable Cardiac Devices to Malfunction Following Radiation Therapy

September 15, 2014
Siavash Jabbari, MD

Siavash Jabbari, MD, discusses the potential for implantable cardiac devices such as pacemakers to malfunction following radiation therapy.

Clinical Pearls

Siavash Jabbari, MD, radiation oncologist, Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, discusses the potential for implantable cardiac devices such as pacemakers to malfunction following radiation therapy.

  • Radiation therapy is becoming a bigger player in the management of all stages of lung cancer.
  • There is a potential issue of radiation causing implantable cardiac devices to malfunction, which could be catastrophic to a patient.
  • While it is possible to risk-stratify and manage these patients, there are logistical barriers to evaluating each device.