Management of Elderly Patients With Cancer

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Whether a patient is a candidate for cancer therapy goes far beyond the person’s age. To evaluate an older adult for cancer treatment, oncologists must understand the benefits and quantify the risks of the proposed treatment, determine the patient’s decision-making capacity, and make the decision in collaboration with the patient’s preferences and values. In her presentation at the NCCN 18th Annual Conference, Dr. Arti Hurria discussed the major components in the comprehensive geriatric assessment in the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) for Senior Adult Oncology, focusing on functional (rather than chronologic) age, comorbidities, nutritional status, cognitive impairment, and psychosocial support. By uncovering problems possibly left undetected on a routine history and physical examination, this assessment may lead to interventions that improve health and wellbeing in older people with cancer.

Correspondence: Arti Hurria, MD, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Division of Medical Oncology, Duarte, CA 91010. E-mail: ahurria@coh.org
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