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Cancer Biol Med. 2015 Dec;12(4):275-83. doi: 10.7497/j.issn.2095-3941.2015.0081.

Geriatric oncology: problems with under-treatment within this population.

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1 Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK ; 2 Health Education North West, Liverpool L3 4BL, UK.


We are currently faced with an aging population, which is rapidly growing worldwide. Two thirds of cancer occurs in the over 65-year age group. Societal conceptions from the past have created ageist stereotypes; old age is associated with frailty and the elderly are perceived to be destined for deterioration and loss of independence. Cancer within the elderly is also subject to these stereotypes, with elderly cancer patients considered by some not as likely to recover as younger patients with cancer. We summarise and review the current concerns regarding elderly management and treatments utilised for the management of oncological disease in the elderly, and discuss the impact of under-treatment within this population.


Cancer; elderly; geriatric oncology; management

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