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Conclusions and Further Reading

Chapter 02 - Cancer Epidemiology

Conclusions

Because of the demographic changes and the fact that cancer is a disease of senior patients, more elderly cancer patients will need care and treatment. For an elderly cancer patient living with cancer, two issues are of special importance.

  • Independence. Older people are interested in living long years, but they are even more interested in living independently and being able to do things. This means that efforts are needed within society enabling older persons to remain independent for as long as possible.
  • Fragmentation of care. With older people, fragmentation of care can become a problem for treatment and care. Several different health care professionals will take care of these patients and integration of a multidisciplinary approach between oncologists, geriatrician, and primary care physicians is of the utmost importance.

Further Reading

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