Onco-geriatric approach for the management of older patients with cancer.

Antonia Carla Testa, M. Cesari, G. Colloca, A. Ferrini, E. Foti, M. Ciaburri, Giovanni Scambia, Roberto Bernabei, G. Gambassi

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INTRODUCTION AND RATIONALE: The number of older cancer patients is increasing with global aging of the population. A close interaction between oncologists and geriatricians becomes necessary to (1) better evaluate the elders' health status, (2) determine their residual clinical/biological reserves, and (3) optimize the provided medical care. In fact, aggressive antineoplastic managements are often denied to older patients, possibly because of the common misconception suggesting older age and/or clinical complexity as absolute contraindications to advanced treatments. METHODS: The primary aim of the presented project is to assess whether assigning a geriatrician to provide daily medical care to older cancer patients (aged 65 years and older) admitted to an oncology ward increases the number of patients eligible for a chemotherapeutic and/or surgical intervention. The project is articulated in 2 phases: (1) a retrospective phase based on analysis of data collected over the 2 years before the beginning of the study, and (2) a prospective 2-year intervention. Additional information about clinical conditions, biological parameters, adverse drug reactions, body composition, physical function, and 1-year health-related events will also be recorded. OUTCOMES: The combination of expertise from oncologists and geriatricians is likely to result in (1) an improved selection of candidates for interventions aimed at increasing disability-free life expectancy and/or overall survival, and (2) a more rational exclusion of patients at higher risk of toxicity or with poor prognosis. In this article, the development of an onco-geriatric unit aimed at the evaluation, management, and treatment of older women with gynecological cancer is also described.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)153-159
Numero di pagine7
RivistaJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011


  • management
  • onco-geriatric


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