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Apr 22, 2021

Cancer Treatment and the Heart with Dr. Christopher Malozzi

In this episode, Dr. JYP talks with USA Health cardiologist Dr. Christopher Malozzi, who treats all types of patients (not just cancer patients) with heart problems. Dr. Malozzi explains his role in the field of oncology and how there can be a connection between heart problems and some chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Plus, he shares his unique perspective and concerns as both a doctor and as a parent of a child who has undergone cancer treatment.

Key Takeaways:

- Cardiologists are trained in heart disease, and they diagnose and treat people who can be at risk of heart disease before, during, and after their cancer treatments.

- Cardiologists work with oncologists to maximize the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation treatments while minimizing the risks of heart complications in a patient's future.

- Cardio-oncology is a newer and growing field of interest in cardiology and is a vital part of the team approach to cancer treatment at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute.

- Consulting with a cardiologist early in your cancer journey is a smart and proactive approach to your cancer treatment.