Heart Cancer

About Heart Cancer

A tumor is any type of abnormal growth, whether cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). Tumors that originate in the heart are called primary tumors. They may develop in any of the heart tissues and may be cancerous or noncancerous. Primary heart tumors are rare, occurring in fewer than 1 of 2,000 people. In adults, about half of noncancerous primary heart tumors are myxomas. Myxomas usually develop in the heart's left upper chamber (atrium). They may develop from embryonic cells located in the inner layer (lining) of the heart's wall.


Symptoms of heart cancer can resemble those of heart disease, such as chest pain, irregular heart rhythms, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Sometimes these symptoms develop suddenly. Radiation and chemotherapy can be used to help manage symptoms. Sometimes surgery may also help control symptoms, but this is performed only at specialized centers.

The sudden onset of heart failure may be the first symptom of heart cancer. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for serious symptoms, such as chest pain or pressure, rapid or irregular heart rate, rapid breathing, cold and clammy skin, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, changes in level of consciousness, loss of consciousness, or anxiety. Seek prompt medical care for sudden unexpected weight gain, fatigue, or swelling in the feet and ankles.

Possible Causes

The cause of heart cancer is not known. As with any cancer, changes occur inside the cells, which lead to alteration of their function and uncontrollable growth. These types of changes can occur in any of the cells of the heart.

Cancer Growth


stage 0: The cancer has just formed at the heart.

stage 1,2,3: The tumor in the heart has enlarged and spread to close by lymph nodes.

Stage 4: Heart Cancer has metastasized or spread to other organs in the body.


The main treatments are Chemotherapy, Dietary, and in severe cases heart transplant.

Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation.

Survival rates

The survival rate of heart cancer is nearly 8.3%.

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