Cardio-Oncology Care Emerges as a Specialized Need

Mary K. Caffrey, from AJMC.com
Published: Monday, May 11, 2015
Dr. Erica L. Mayer

Erica L. Mayer, MD, MPH

There was a time when a cancer diagnosis brought a single-minded focus on fighting the disease, with less thought to quality of life afterward. But the sheer number of survivors— nearly 15 million in the United States, or 4% of the population—has brought greater attention to ensuring that cancer treatment does not cause other harms, since cancer patients are not only living but also living longer. The National Cancer Institute reports 41% of cancer survivors live 10 years or more, and 15% live 20 years or more.1

Jean-Bernard Durand, MD

Jean-Bernard
Durand, MD

When tests offer prognostic and predictive information that the cancer will not respond to chemotherapy, she said, endocrine-based therapy is used instead.

Dr. Lee Jones

Lee Jones, PhD

During a discussion of cardioprotective strategies, exercise physiologist Lee Jones, PhD, director of the Cardio-Oncology research Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, emphasized the importance of getting an initial assessment of a patient before treatment starts. When he is asked, “How much should I exercise during chemo?” the answer in highly personal, because it depends upon the patient’s activity level and condition before treatment began.

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