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The Older Cancer Patient

SKU# 9780826118059

A Guide for Nurses and Related Professionals


  • Janine Overcash PhD, ARNP
  • Lodovice Balducci MD

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Because cancer in the older adult may be present in combination with other chronic conditions, including dementia and frailty, multidisciplinary care is especially important. This book provides nurses with essential information on the care and treatment of the older adult with cancer, including:

  • An overview of cancer in the older adult, and barriers to treatment
  • Prevention and screening of cancer in the older adult
  • How to perform a comprehensive geriatric assessment, as a method for planning multidisciplinary care
  • Practical applications of qualiy of life assessment and decision analysis
  • Special considerations in radiation therapy and chemotherapy with the older adult
  • Social and caregiver issues

This book reflects lessons learned from a nurse-physician team who planned and implemented the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the.Moffit Cancer Center and Research Institute in Florida.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 30, 2003
  • Page Count 320
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826118059
  • EISBN 9780826118066

Table of Contents 

    Section I: Overview of the Problem
  1. Kathy’s Diagnosis
  2. Epidemiology and Pathology of Cancer and Aging, J. Overcash and L. Balducci
  3. The Care of the Older Cancer Patient: Delayed Diagnosis, Inadequate Treatment, and Information Gap , L. Balducci, M. Extermann, and J. Overcash
  4. Cancer Prevention in the Older Cancer Patient, M. Silverman et al

  5. Section II: Management of Care
  6. Kathy’s Treatment
  7. Atypical Presentation of Cancer in the Elderly: Nursing Diagnosis , K. Stanley and J. Hoff
  8. The Assessment of the Older Cancer Patient , K. Effingham, J. Meyer, and L. Balducci
  9. Understanding Patient Preferences , H. Chen
  10. Health Care Decisions: How Cancer Treatment Decisions Are Made by the Health Care Team, J. Overcash and L. Balducci
  11. Radiation Therapy of Older Persons , L. Casey and L. Balducci
  12. Chemotherapy in the Older Person , J. Meyer and L. Balducci
  13. Cancer Fatigue and Aging , S. Holley
  14. Cancer-Related Anemia , L. Balducci and J. Overcash
  15. Caring When Cure is No Longer Possible , I. Byock and Y. Corbeil
  16. Related Issues
  17. Dr. Brown’s Story
  18. Social Support Networks of the Older Cancer Patient , J. Overcash and L. Balducci
  19. Helping Family Caregivers of Elderly Cancer Patients: The CARE Model , J. Barrett, W. Haley, and L. Sisler
  20. Nursing Research and Quality of Life , J. Overcash and L. Balduccid
  21. Strategies for the Enrollment of Older Patients into Clinical Trials of Cancer Treatment , J. Overcash an L. Balducci
  22. The Cost of Cancer Prevention and Treatment in the Older Person , L. Balducci and M. Extermann