Cancer and Aging

Our collaborative and multidisciplinary work in this area of research has begun to disentangle the effects of cancer treatment versus competing comorbid health conditions on frailty, geriatric syndromes and quality of life.  While working as a Health Scientist at the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Bellizzi was involved in the groundbreaking data linkage of NCI’s SEER registries with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Health Outcomes Study – one of the largest national prospective studies focused on the experience of cancer and health outcomes in the elderly.  The first set of papers was part of a special supplement (2008) to the journal, Health Care Financing Review. Based on our work in this area, Dr. Bellizzi was invited to serve as guest editor of a special section of the journal, Cancer on the topic “Cancer survivorship and aging: Moving the science forward”.  Additionally, Dr. Bellizzi is editor of the groundbreaking 2012 book, “Cancer and Aging Handbook: Research and Practice” (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing).


Rowland JH & Bellizzi KM. (2014). Cancer Survivorship Issues: Life After Treatment and Implications for an Aging Population. Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Bellizzi KM, Aziz NM, Rowland JH, Weaver K, Arora NK, Hamilton AS, Oakley-Girvan I, Keel G. (2012). Double jeopardy? Age, race, and HRQOL in older adults with cancer. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology. 2012, 1-9.


Bellizzi KM, Mustian KM, Palesh OG, Diefenbach M. (2009). Cancer survivorship and aging: Moving the science forward. Cancer, 113 (12) 3530-3539.


Bellizzi KM, Miller SM, Bowen DJ, Mustian KM, & Resnick B. (2008). Aging in the context of cancer prevention and control: Perspectives from behavioral medicine. Cancer, 113, 3479-3483.


Smith AW, Reeve B, Bellizzi KM, Harlan LC, Klabunde CN, Amsellem M, Bierman AS, Hays RD. (2008). Cancer, comorbidities and health-related quality of life of older adults. Health Care Financing Review, 29 (4) 41-56.


Clauser S, Arora N, Bellizzi K, Haffer C, Topor M, Hayes R. (2008). Disparities in HRQOL of cancer survivors and non-cancer managed care enrollees. Health Care Financing Review, 29 (4) 23-40.


Ambs A, Clauser S, Bellizzi KM, Haffer C, Warren J. (2008). Overview of the SEER – Medicare Health Outcomes Survey Data. Health Care Financing Review, 29 (4) 5-21.


Blank TO & Bellizzi KM. (2008). A gerontological perspective on cancer and aging. Cancer, 112 (11) 2569-2576.


Bellizzi KM & Rowland JH. (2007). Comorbidity, cancer-related symptoms and the health of elderly cancer survivors. Aging Health, 3 (5), 625-635.