Cancer In The Elderly

Redefining Prognosis for Hematologic Cancers in Older Adults by Age

Redefining Prognosis for Hematologic Cancers in Older Adults by Age

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A report on how variations in the effects of geriatric syndromes and aging can affect treatment modality choices and outcomes for the eldest older adults with hematologic cancers.

Elderly Patients Are Underrepresented in Trials For Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Elderly Patients Are Underrepresented in Trials For Soft Tissue Sarcoma

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With median age of participants in clinical trials for soft-tissue sarcoma younger than most patients who develop the disease, these researchers sought to determine the prevalence of including persons older than 65 in clinical trials and the efficacy of first-line chemotherapy for STS in older patients.

Chemotherapy Toxicity Risk Score Use Improved Treatment Choice for Elderly

Chemotherapy Toxicity Risk Score Use Improved Treatment Choice for Elderly

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This observational study demonstrates the significance of using the chemotherapy toxicity risk score (CTRS) to determine if an elderly patient can safely tolerate standard-dose combination chemotherapy, or would fare better with a reduced-dose regimen.

Advanced Age Should Not Prohibit ASCT for Lymphoma

Advanced Age Should Not Prohibit ASCT for Lymphoma

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As supportive care improves, elderly patients may benefit from high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell transplantation.

Feasibility and Outcomes of Modified Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Nursing Management of Aged Patients Undergoing Esophagectomy

Feasibility and Outcomes of Modified Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Nursing Management of Aged Patients Undergoing Esophagectomy

[Journal of Thoracic Disease] A randomized study investigated whether an mERAS protocol could result in improved recovery of aged patients with esophageal cancer undergoing esophagectomy.

2-Year Rituximab Maintenance Therapy Prolongs PFS in Elderly With CLL

2-Year Rituximab Maintenance Therapy Prolongs PFS in Elderly With CLL

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Investigators sought to determine the efficacy of 2-year rituximab maintenance therapy in elderly patients with CLL who achieve a complete response to abbreviated FCR induction therapy.

Sarcopenia Severity Prognostic of Postchemotherapy Outcomes in the Elderly

Sarcopenia Severity Prognostic of Postchemotherapy Outcomes in the Elderly

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Using a series of functional tests, researchers determined the significance of sarcopenia severity after chemotherapy in older patients with cancer and its effect on their physical independence.

Risk of Falls, Fractures Greater Among Elderly Patients with Cancer

Risk of Falls, Fractures Greater Among Elderly Patients with Cancer

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Researchers conducted a geriatric assessment of 304 patients with cancer, then followed them in a 2-year study to determine the risk of fractures and falls in older patients.

Improving Emergency Department Care for Older Adults With Cancer

Improving Emergency Department Care for Older Adults With Cancer

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Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center sought to determine if observation status may be a better treatment option for older adults with cancer who present to the ED.

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.

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