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The risk of cancer increases with age. As such the sub-speciality of Geriatric Oncology is growing in popularity.
The older population are very diverse in terms of 'fitness' and overall are more likely to have specific needs which differ to those of younger people. For example many older people may:
Geriatric Oncology involves incorporating principles of geriatric medicine into the treatment and management of older cancer patients. Many clinicians argue that just as a child with a cancer diagnosis would be seen by a paediatrician, older cancer patients should be seen by a geriatrician.
The following organisations can provide further information about Geriatric Oncology:
The International Society of Geriatric Oncology |
The EORTC Cancer in the Elderly Task Force |
The following textbooks provide an introduction to geriatric oncology:
Cancer and Ageing: Research and Practice (Wiley-Blackwell)| by Keith M Belizza and Margot Gosney (28 August 2012)
ESMO Handbook of Cancer in the Senior Patient (European Society for Medical Oncology Handbooks)| by Dirk Schrijvers, Matti Aapro, Branko Zakotnik and Riccardo Audisio (20 May 2010)
Management of Breast Cancer in Older Women| by Malcolm W. Reed and Riccardo A. Audisio (5 Apr 2011)
Practical Geriatric Oncology (Cambridge Medicine)| by Arti Hurria MD and Harvey Jay Cohen MD (13 Sep 2010)
Geriatric Oncology: Treatment, Assessment and Management| by Arti Hurria and Lodovico Balducci (7 Aug 2009)
Copenhagen, 24 – 26 October 2013
Find out more about the International Society of Geriatric Oncology’s 2013 annual conference in Copenhagen.
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