Assessing the Older Cancer Patient

  • Melissa Cohen
  • David Reuben
  • Arash Naeim

By 2030, one in every five individuals will be over the age of 65. Because the incidence of cancer increases with age, over 60% of all new cancer cases and 80% of deaths from cancer occur in people over 65 years of age in the United States and Europe [1–3]. Despite recent advances in geriatric care, elders still remain at risk for adverse events in all settings where cancer is treated. Because elderly patients are largely underrepresented in large cooperative trials [4, 5], there is limited evidence-based information for decision making to help guide the oncologist when caring for the older cancer patient. This can result in either suboptimal or overly toxic treatment.


National Comprehensive Cancer Network Geriatric Assessment Frailty Index Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Geriatric Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geriatric Oncology Fellow, Department of Hematology and oncology,University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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