TREATMENT OF CANCER IN THE OLDER AGED PERSON

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Lodovico Balducci *
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Lodovico Balducci | Lodovico.Balducci@moffitt.org

Abstract

 Cancer is a disease of aging .  Currently 50% of all malignancies occur in individuals 65 and over and by the year 2030 older individuals will account for 70% of all neoplasms.

 With the aging of the population the management of cancer in the older person with chemotherapy is beoming increasingly common. This treatment may be  safe and effective if some appropriate measures are taken, including, an assessment of the physiologic age of each patient, modification of doses according to the renal function, use of meyelopoietic growth factors prophylactically in presence of moderately toxic chemotherapy, and provision of an adequate caregiver. Cure, prolongation of survival, and symptom palliation are universal goals of medical treatment.   Prolongation of active life expectancy  should be added to the treatment goal of the older aged person .

 

 


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Lodovico Balducci, Moffit Cancer Center

University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, USA