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Obesity as a Common Denominator in Breast Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease

Author(s): Katarzyna Rygiel

Book Description

Obesity is widely regarded as a shared, modifiable risk factor of both breast cancer (BC) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive BC displays very aggressive behavior, and can be effectively treated with targeted therapies and chemotherapy regimens, though such treatments can induce cardiotoxicity. While the main research efforts are appropriately focused on the management of BC and heart failure (HF), obesity and its metabolic consequences, which are often linked with both these conditions, often remain unaddressed.

This book combines a very practical approach, grounded in medical research, to these interconnected medical problems, in order to bridge the gap between current guidelines and clinical practice. It will serve to educate medical team members, such as oncologists, cardiologists, primary care physicians, and nurses, on cardioprotection, and moderate weight reduction. It highlights a need for the balanced integration of modern treatments of BC and HF, with healthy nutrition, regular physical activity, and helpful strategies to cope with chronic stress. In addition, the book represents a supportive resource for BC patients or survivors, who wish to be actively engaged in their long-term therapy journey.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-1806-3
ISBN-10: 1-5275-1806-X
Date of Publication: 01/01/2019
Pages / Size: 199 / A5
Price: £61.99


Katarzyna Rygiel, MD, PhD, has a background in primary care and research/education. She is a graduate of the Medical University of Silesia in Poland, and she holds a certificate in Clinical Trials Design and Management from the University of California, USA, where she completed her research training. Her research interests are focused on patient-centered approaches, particularly in cardio-metabolic and neoplastic diseases. She has authored over 50 articles in various international medical journals, as well as two books. Her publications address current topics in cardio-oncology, especially in patients with breast cancer, and she promotes a synergistic approach, including medically necessary treatments and health-oriented interventions for patients suffering from chronic diseases.

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