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Cancer in the elderly

The risk of cancer increases with age, and the number of older adults seeking treatment is increasing dramatically in line with the aging population. The care of older patients differs from that of younger adults because of differences in the biology of the tumor, age-related differences in host physiology, comorbidity burden and psychosocial issues, which might impact the efficacy and side effects of cancer therapy.

What is Geriatric Oncology?

Geriatric oncology is the branch of medicine that studies benign and malignant tumors in elderly. 
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Interesting and useful links

You will find below links to articles, reviews and other information which may be useful when dealing with older adults and cancer.

MASCC Geriatric Study Group promotes and collaboratively supports the inclusion of a Geriatric Oncology focus within MASCC with the overall goal of enhancing best practices in cancer supportive clinical care in older patients. More info

We are MacMillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care and is working in partnership with the Department of Health and Age UK on a project to improve access to treatment for older people with cancer. More info. They have also launched a campaign "The Age Old Excuse" to raise awareness of the complex issues which contribute to under-treatment in the older population. – a website devoted to patients, caregivers and their families from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 23 of the world’s leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system.
A dedicated page on cancer and the elderly aims help seniors and their families find housing and care for themselves and their loved ones by providing objective information on our website and via our free Care Advisor service. SeniorHomes website

The Telegraph is a daily morning broadsheet newspaper, published in London and distributed throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.
An interesting article “NHS ageism 'stopping elderly getting cancer treatment'” published in the Telegraph (dated December 2012)

Australian Prescriber is a free, independent publication providing readily accessible information about drugs and therapeutics, published by NPS MedicineWise. It covers topics for health professionals, students and consumers.
Article eon "Chemotherapy for elderly patients with advanced cancer: is it worth it?", by  Ian Olver, Clinical Director, Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre, Director, Medical Oncology, Royal Adelaide Hospital, and Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide (2000) 

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) was founded in 1964 by a small group of physician members of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) who recognized the need for the creation of a separate society dedicated to issues unique to clinical oncology.
Information on Cancer in Older Adults.

Medscape from WebMD offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the Web's most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools. After a simple, 1-time, free registration, Medscape from WebMD automatically delivers to you a personalized specialty site that best fits your registration profile. The result is a medical Web site rich in content, broad in appeal, and high in quality.
Management of Bladder Cancer in the Elderly Clinical Decision-Making and Guideline Recommendations by Philip J Shalhoub and Marcus L Quek 

Cancer Network - Home of the journal oncology
How Should We Care for Elderly Cancer Patients? The Ades Article Reviewed By Jonas Feilchenfeldt, MD1, Manish A. Shah, MD2 (18 février 2009)

Immunity & Ageing publishes articles on all aspects of ageing examined from an immunological point of view.
Review of the management of cancer in the elderly: targeted therapies in oncology by Biagio Agostara, Giuseppe Carruba and Antonella Usset 

UpToDate® is the premier evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care. By combining the latest clinical knowledge with cutting-edge technology, UpToDate changes the way clinicians practice medicine and has become an indispensable part of clinical workflows in institutions and practices worldwide.
Introduction text of a paper on "Prostate cancer in elderly patients" – connecting people caring for Elderly parents. is the go-to destination for family caregivers, providing trusted information, practical answers to real-life questions, and ongoing support through every challenge. Our mission is to help families prepare for and navigate the care of an elderly loved one.
Article with questions which should be asked when at the doctor.

ElderThink was founded in 2007 as a web-based publisher focused entirely on the issues and problems of growing old. Each page offeres unique content prepared by ElderThink writers and surrounded by related news nuggets.
Useful information on "Older adults and cancer".

PMC is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). Cancer in the Elderly by  Nathan A Berger, Panos Savvides, Siran M Koroukian, Eva F Kahana, Gary T Deimling, Julia H Rose, Karen F Bowman, and Robert H Miller.