Challenges of Geriatric Oncology

  • Lodovico Balducci


The management of cancer in the older person is an increasingly common problem, as 60% of all neoplasms occur in individuals age 65 and older [1]. Aging is associated with a progressive decline in life-expectancy, functional reserve, and social resources, and an increased prevalence of comorbidity [2]. This process is highly individualised and poorly reflected in chronologic age. The diversity of the older population affects both clinical practice and clinical research, and underlies the main challenges of geriatric oncology. These include the formulation of individual treatment plans and of research protocols.


Endometrial Cancer Clin Oncol Cytotoxic Chemotherapy Geriatric Assessment Functional Reserve 
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  • Lodovico Balducci
    • 1
  1. 1.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Senior Adult Community ProgramTampaUSA

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