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Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2000 Feb;14(1):63-77, viii-ix.

Assessment of the older cancer patient.

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine, USA. extermann@moffitt.usf.edu

Abstract

The correct assessment of a cancer patient is a key step in the treatment process. In older people, this assessment entails not only the patient's basic medical history and the standard cancer staging, but also much more comprehensive evaluation of the various facets of the patient's health and environment that may interfere with his or her therapy. Patient fitness for elective surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy must be considered. Geriatricians have defined the relevant aspects of the general evaluation of the older person, and now this work is being adapted to cancer patients. This article reviews the various aspects of a comprehensive assessment applicable to the cancer patient in settings such as academic oncology programs, cooperative group studies, and private oncology practice.

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