In an aging population, the number of patients with cancer continues to rise. Little research has focused on the treatment of cancer in the elderly. Therefore, the treatment for various cancers differs across the healthcare system. A uniform approach in assessing the elderly person with cancer is lacking. This article describes two case studies in the elderly population, focusing on two common cancers: acute myelogenous leukemia and breast cancer. Common side effects of treatment and determinants of treatment options are discussed. It is important that the elderly receive appropriate screening, early detection, treatment, and management of comorbidities.
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Acute Care of the Aging Client| February 01 2002
Treatment Considerations for the Elderly Person With Cancer
Jennifer K. Simpson, MSN, CRNP, AOCN;
From the Graduate School of Public Health (Ms Simpson) and the School of Nursing (Dr Rosenzweig), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Margaret Quinn Rosenzweig, PhD, CRNP-C, AOCN
AACN Adv Crit Care (2002) 13 (1): 43–60.
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Jennifer K. Simpson, Margaret Quinn Rosenzweig; Treatment Considerations for the Elderly Person With Cancer. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 2002; 13 (1): 43–60. doi:
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