Long-term cancer survival increases need for cardiac care

Cancer survivors pose a unique challenge to primary care providers and cardiologists, as they are not only living longer but also presenting with competing risk factors. “Multiple gaps exist in the routine cardiovascular care of the cancer survivor, especially around primary prevention efforts and surveillance for incident cardiovascular disease [...] Click here to view [...]

Certain cancers come with higher risk of serious heart rhythm disorder

People with a history of cancer have an over two-fold risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common heart rhythm disorder, compared to the general population, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). In particular, [...] Click here to view [...]

Sharp Climb in Weight Gain After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Kristin Jenkins Significant weight gain after a diagnosis of breast cancer may be a bigger problem than previously thought, and clinicians need to do more to help patients manage it, say the authors of a national survey conducted in Australia. "We found that two-thirds of our respondents were currently [...] Click here to view [...]

New Strong Survivors cancer rehab lab opens at SIU

Phil Anton is the director of the SIU Carbondale Strong Survivors program. The program's new laboratory opened Wednesday. Phil Anton, director of Strong Survivors at SIU, talks on Wednesday about his cousin Julie A. Honerkamp during an open house for the lab that will bear her name. CARBONDALE — [...] Click here to view [...]

A young cancer patient found an exercise bike helped him endure chemotherapy. Now he wants others to have the same chance.

The day before Matthew Simon was to begin crew practice in 2015 as a sophomore at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Simon was a rower who worked out daily. His initial stay for treatment at Children’s Hospital was three weeks long, and the [...] Click here to view [...]

Keep Moving, Even Through Cancer Treatment

Maureen Salloum of Queens, N.Y., has always been a busy person, raising her two children, working as a school counselor and getting out to enjoy cultural activities. But other than the occasional bicycle ride, she had never been much into sports or working out at a gym. Then in [...] Click here to view [...]

What is Strength Training and Can It Help Cancer Patients?

Key Takeaway: Research shows that strength training, a type of exercise that can build muscle mass, can improve health in cancer patients. Strength training is a type of exercise in which one uses resistance to force the muscles to contract to build strength. Resistance for strengthening can come from [...] Click here to view [...]

Obesity in Early-Stage Breast Cancer May Increase Risk for Cardiotoxicity

Breast Cancer Obese patients with early-stage breast cancer treated with anthracyclines and/or trastuzamab (Herceptin) may be at a higher risk of experiencing drops in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), according to a study published in PLOS Medicine . Researchers suggested that these results should encourage further research into the [...] Click here to view [...]

Exercise can help in the fight against cancer, but how do we persuade patients to do it?

When a major new set of international guidelines on exercise and cancer was released in October, most of the headlines understandably focused on two key promises: That appropriate levels of physical activity could enhance quality and possibly length of life in those with a cancer diagnosis; and that they [...] Click here to view [...]