management of the older person with cancer is based on the estimate of
life expectancy, tolerance of treatment, patient preference, and
socio-economic barriers to treatment. The thrust of this book is to
make medical oncologists and other health professionals managing older
patients with cancer aware of recent developments in geriatric
assessment and in cancer management for the older adult. After
consulting this text the practitioner will be able to provide
individualized treatment to the older cancer patient, reflecting that
patient's physiologic age and personal needs. This book will also
provide a scaffold to organize rapidly developing advances in geriatric
assessment. This is particularly relevant for oncologists since the
majority of patients with cancer are 65 and older.
The target audiences for this book are oncologists of all
specialties, oncology nurses, primary care physicians, geriatricians,
and all other health professionals involved in the management of older
patients with cancer.