Geriatric oncology: problems with under-treatment within this population

Divya Swaminathan, Vikram Swaminathan

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Abstract

We are currently faced with an aging population, which is rapidly growing worldwide. Two thirds of cancer occurs in the over 65-year age group. Societal conceptions from the past have created ageist stereotypes; old age is associated with frailty and the elderly are perceived to be destined for deterioration and loss of independence. Cancer within the elderly is also subject to these stereotypes, with elderly cancer patients considered by some not as likely to recover as younger patients with cancer. We summarise and review the current concerns regarding elderly management and treatments utilised for the management of oncological disease in the elderly, and discuss the impact of under-treatment within this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-283
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Biology and Medicine
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Elderly
  • Geriatric oncology
  • Management

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