Cancer In The Elderly

Geriatric Consults Rare in Kidney Cancer Care

Geriatric Consults Rare in Kidney Cancer Care

Although use of medical co-management and rehabilitation services increasing for older patients with kidney cancer, consultation remains sparse for those undergoing surgery.

Optimal Treatment Regimens for Oldest Patients Is an Emerging Challenge for Radiation Oncology

Optimal Treatment Regimens for Oldest Patients Is an Emerging Challenge for Radiation Oncology

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A look at the significant influence of age-adjusted prognoses and treatment priorities for radiation therapy in the oldest patients with cancer.

Poll: Many Seniors Struggling With Drug Costs Don't Seek Help

Poll: Many Seniors Struggling With Drug Costs Don't Seek Help

Roughly half of older Americans experiencing difficulty paying for needed drugs did not talk to their physicians about the issue, poll shows.

Lenvatinib Improves OS, PFS in Radioiodine-Refractory Differentiated Thyroid Cancer in All Older Patients

Lenvatinib Improves OS, PFS in Radioiodine-Refractory Differentiated Thyroid Cancer in All Older Patients

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Results from a sub-analysis of the impact of age on the safety and efficacy of lenvatinib in patients with RR-DTC in the SELECT trial showed that lenvatinib significantly increased PFS.

Prehabilitation May Benefit Older Men Initiating ADT for Prostate Cancer

Prehabilitation May Benefit Older Men Initiating ADT for Prostate Cancer

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Prehabilitation before initiating ADT in older men with prostate cancer may improve functioning, even in men on short-term ADT.

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

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Survivorship care plan successfully improves the overall survivorship care of older cancer survivors using lay navigators.

Innovative Navigation Strategies: The Patient Care Connect Program

Innovative Navigation Strategies: The Patient Care Connect Program

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Older cancer survivors typically have higher severity of disease and pre-existing conditions, which makes their cancer treatment additionally challenging. The Patient Care Connect Program was created to help address these issues.

Older Patients Under-Represented in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

Older Patients Under-Represented in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

Older adults are underrepresented in clinical trials of cancer drugs, according to study findings presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Older Adults Under-Represented in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

Older Adults Under-Represented in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

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Patients aged 80 years and older had a cancer incidence of 16% in 2013 yet made up only 4% of cancer drug clinical trial participants during 2005-2015.

Adherence to Geriatric Assessment-Based Recommendations Probed

Adherence to Geriatric Assessment-Based Recommendations Probed

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Older patients with cancer most frequently adhere to recommendations to see a dietitian for nutritional issues.

CQGS Releases Standards for Surgical Care of Older Adults

CQGS Releases Standards for Surgical Care of Older Adults

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The Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery (CQGS) released its standards of surgical care in older adults with the goal of ensuring high-quality and safe surgical care for older adults in an interdisciplinary setting.

Including Informal Caregivers of Elderly in Discharge Process Reduces Readmission Risk

Including Informal Caregivers of Elderly in Discharge Process Reduces Readmission Risk

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A meta-analysis of elderly patient discharge practices found that including informal caregivers in discharge planning reduces risks of readmission.

Temozolomide With Radiotherapy for Glioblastoma Provides Some Survival Benefit in Elderly

Temozolomide With Radiotherapy for Glioblastoma Provides Some Survival Benefit in Elderly

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The addition of temozolomide to short-course radiotherapy in elderly patients with glioblastoma was associated with some survival benefit compared with radiotherapy alone.

Antidiabetes Drug Holds Promise as Adjuvant Therapy for Older Patients with Melanoma

Antidiabetes Drug Holds Promise as Adjuvant Therapy for Older Patients with Melanoma

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Rosiglitazone has potential for older patients with melanoma who develop resistance to targeted therapies.

Elderly with NSCLC Can Tolerate Aggressive Radiation Therapy Treatments

Elderly with NSCLC Can Tolerate Aggressive Radiation Therapy Treatments

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Elderly with NSCLC have lower incidence of esophagitis, can tolerate aggressive radiation therapy.

Allogeneic HCT Effective in Older Patients with AML in Second Complete Remission

Allogeneic HCT Effective in Older Patients with AML in Second Complete Remission

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Researchers determined the curative potential of allogenic hematopoetic stem cell transplantation in patients aged 60 years and older with acute myeloid leukemia in second complete remission.

Lay Navigation Associated With Lower Medicare Costs, Health Care Use

Lay Navigation Associated With Lower Medicare Costs, Health Care Use

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The Patient Care Connect Program lowers Medicare costs and provides other benefits, research indicates.

Cannabis Use Becoming More Common Among Older Patients

Cannabis Use Becoming More Common Among Older Patients

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Using data from previous analyses and several state medical cannabis programs, investigators assessed how social attitudes, health issues, and state laws affect the use of cannabis among persons older than 50 years.

Frailty Classifications Associated With Prognosis Among Older Patients

Frailty Classifications Associated With Prognosis Among Older Patients

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A comparison of frailty classifications of older patients with cancer was conducted to evaluate their performance in predicting outcomes.

Gero-Oncology: Preparing for the Coming Wave of Elderly Cancer Patients

Gero-Oncology: Preparing for the Coming Wave of Elderly Cancer Patients

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A growing proportion of cancer patients are elderly—creating a demographic shift with important implications for cancer care, including radiotherapy. Integrating geriatric care into oncology nursing has never been more important.

Adherence to WCRF/AICR Diet Linked to Lower Cancer Risk Among Older Adults

Adherence to WCRF/AICR Diet Linked to Lower Cancer Risk Among Older Adults

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Adherence to World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF)/American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) dietary recommendations improves cancer risks. In this study, researchers determined whether adherence to these recommendations provides the same benefits for older persons.

Adherence to Tamoxifen, AIs Among Older Women is Low, Study Shows

Adherence to Tamoxifen, AIs Among Older Women is Low, Study Shows

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A data analysis reveals the likelihood of older women with to ER-positive DCIS to initiate and adhere to adjuvant tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors.

Cognitive Function Impacts Oral Cancer Therapy Adherence

Cognitive Function Impacts Oral Cancer Therapy Adherence

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Cognitive function is an important factor when considering oral therapy as an option for cancer treatment, particularly for elderly patients with cancer.

Cost of TKI Therapy Leads to Delay in Treatment for Many Patients With Leukemia

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Patients with cancer incur significant out-of-pocket costs before their Medicare drug benefits activate, and due to those costs, many patients with CML delayed starting their treatment.

Nearly One-Third of Older Patients With Cancer Are Exposed to Severe Drug Interactions

Nearly One-Third of Older Patients With Cancer Are Exposed to Severe Drug Interactions

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Nearly one-third of older patients with cancer are exposed to severe drug interactions and potentially inappropriate medications.

Frailty Index May Predict Outcomes in Older Patients

Frailty Index May Predict Outcomes in Older Patients

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A deficit-accumulation frailty index constructed from a comprehensive geriatric assessment may predict outcomes in older patients with cancer.

Cognitive Impairment Common With Adjuvant Therapy in Older Patients With Early Stage Breast Cancer

Cognitive Impairment Common With Adjuvant Therapy in Older Patients With Early Stage Breast Cancer

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Cognitive decline associated with adjuvant chemotherapy was more likely to occur in older patients, particularly those whose treatment included docetaxel.

Increasing Numbers of Older Cancer Survivors Challenge Clinical Trial Participant Criteria

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Improved cancer detection and advances in treatment mean larger numbers of older cancer patients are becoming survivors, combined with demographic trends. But older patients are underrepresented in clinical trials.

Incidence of Oropharyngeal Cancer Increasing Among Older Patients

Incidence of Oropharyngeal Cancer Increasing Among Older Patients

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The incidence of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma is increasing among older patients residing in the United States, likely due to the increase in HPV-associated malignancies.

Elderly Patients Often Not Up-to-Date on Screening for Colorectal Cancer

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Screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) is not widely used by Americans age 75 years and older, even though some patients are healthy and may benefit.

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