Christina Izzo

Web-Based Portals Can Inform and Empower

July 01, 2015

Just as electronic health records revolutionized the healthcare industry for nurses and doctors, patient portals are giving patients new ways to access their healthcare information and communicate with members of their healthcare team.

Telephone Intervention Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Set—and Meet—Lifestyle Goals

April 15, 2015

A new telephone-based intervention for breast cancer survivors is showing promise, and it involves them becoming more actively engaged in goal setting and problem solving with an eye toward accelerating their recovery by engaging in health-promoting activities such as exercise, stress management and healthy eating.

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Worse Outcomes in Follicular Lymphoma

April 14, 2015

A new study has found that patients with lower vitamin D levels prior to treatment for follicular lymphoma are more likely to die or relapse from the disease earlier than patients with adequate vitamin D levels in their blood.

An Unmet Need—Discussing Genetic Risk May Benefit All Patients With Breast Cancer

April 10, 2015

Many women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are concerned about the genetic risk of developing other cancers themselves or of a loved one developing cancer. However, a large amount of those concerns are not being addressed, according to a new study.

FDA Approves Jadenu, a Simpler Formulation for Administering Deferasirox

March 31, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Jadenu (deferasirox) for the treatment of chronic iron overload, a condition that can affect patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), sickle cell disease and thalassemia.

NCCN Updates Ovarian Cancer Clinical Practice Guidelines

March 25, 2015

Recent advancements in the treatment of ovarian cancer, including surgical techniques, the approvals of Avastin and Lynparza, and intraperitoneal chemotherapy, have led the National Comprehensive Cancer Network to make changes to their clinical practice guidelines in its 20th annual edition.

Men with Testicular Cancer More Likely to Develop Prostate Cancer

February 24, 2015

A new study has shown that men with a history of testicular cancer have a higher incidence of developing prostate cancer, including intermediate or high-risk prostate cancer, compared with those without a history of testicular cancer.

When Young Adults Have Cancer—a Conversation With Anne Katz

February 07, 2015

Issues of fertility, body image and sexuality are all important when treating a young adult with cancer, yet many facilities lack proper utilities and training to assist this group of patients, which is why Anne Katz wrote the book, "This Should Not Be Happening: Young Adults with Cancer."

Study Shows Women with Stage 1 HER2-Positive Breast Cancers Could Benefit from Herceptin

January 10, 2015

Results of a phase 2 study showed that women with small, stage 1 HER2-positive breast cancer who received a combination of lower-intensity chemotherapy and Herceptin following surgery were highly unlikely to have a recurrence.