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Handbook of Geriatric Oncology

SKU# 9781620701041

Practical Guide to Caring for the Older Cancer Patient


  • Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki MD, PhD
  • William P. Tew MD

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Handbook of Geriatric Oncology: Practical Guide to Caring for the Older Cancer Patient is a practical resource for oncologists, related clinicians, and nurses who want to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to the elderly cancer patient. Divided into nine succinct sections, it includes topics spanning an Introduction to Aging and Frailty, Geriatric Syndromes, Geriatric Assessment, Select Cancers in the Elderly, Communication With the Older Cancer Patient, the Nursing Home Patient With Cancer, Models of Care: Survivorship, Palliative Care, and Integrative Medicine. Complex issues such as the physiologic changes of aging and their effect on cancer, corresponding social and psychological aspects that accompany aging and a cancer diagnosis, assessment of frailty, managing comorbid conditions and diseases, effective communication among health care providers, the patient and caregivers, as well as the risks and benefits of cancer screening, are made simpler with helpful clinical guidance and clinical pearls.

Spearheaded by world experts in geriatric oncology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, this book is the definitive resource for oncologists and related clinicians to meet the demands of clinical management along the continuum of geriatric cancer care.

Key Features

  • Provides best practices for evaluating geriatric syndromes such as functional dependency, falls, cognitive impairment and dementia, delirium, depression and anxiety, social isolation as well as syndromes related to nutrition, comorbid conditions, and polypharmacy.
  • Includes practical guidance on when to treat and when not to treat cancer in older patients
  • Discusses unique factors associated with breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, head and neck cancers, and myelodysplastic syndromes in the elderly that impact care plans and treatment.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 30, 2017
  • Page Count 384
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781620701041

Table of Contents 



Foreword George J. Bosl, MD and Arti Hurria, MD


Section I. Geriatric Oncology: Overview

1. Introduction to Geriatric Oncology

Stuart M. Lichtman

2. Physiologic Changes of Aging

Olivia Le Saux, Sophie Watelet, Marine Haution-Bitker, Florence Murard-Reeman, Clémence Lecardonnel, Mahdi Harchaoui, Marc Bonnefoy, and Claire Falandry

3. Frailty

Kevin J. Shih, Jessica Lee, and Holly M. Holmes

4. Biologic Markers of Frailty

Kah Poh Loh, Nikesha Haynes-Gilmore, Allison Magnuson, and Supriya G. Mohile

Section II. Geriatric Syndromes

5. Functional Dependency

Siri Rostoft and Benedicte Rønning

6. Falls in the Older Cancer Patient

Soo Jung Kim and Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki

7. Nutrition

Suzanne D. Gerdes

8. Polypharmacy

Ginah Nightingale and Manpreet K. Boparai

9. Comorbidity in Cancer

Grant R. Williams and Holly M. Holmes

10. Cognitive Syndromes and Delirium

Reena Jaiswal and Yesne Alici

11. Anxiety and Depression in Older Cancer Patients

Rebecca Saracino, Christian J. Nelson, and Andrew J. Roth

12. Social Isolation and Caregiver Burden

Linda Mathew and Carolyn Fulton

Section III. Geriatric Assessment

13. Geriatric Assessment

Sincere McMillan and Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki

14. Screening Tools in Geriatric Oncology

Daniel W. Yokom, Cindy Kenis, Shabbir M. H. Alibhai, and Martine T. E. Puts

Section IV. Select Cancers in the Elderly

15. Breast Cancer

Shlomit Strulov Shachar, Trevor A. Jolly, Noam VanderWalde, and Hyman B. Muss

16. Prostate Cancer in Elderly Patients

Pedro Recabal, Chung-Han Lee, and Dana E. Rathkopf

17. Colorectal Cancer

Armin Shahrokni

18. Lung Cancer

Shreya Sinha, Mariam Alexander, and Ajeet Gajra

19. Ovarian Cancer in the Older Woman

William P. Tew

20. Head and Neck Cancer in Older Adults

Ronald J. Maggiore, Noam VanderWalde, and Melissa Crawley

21. Pancreatic Cancer

Elizabeth Won

22. Bladder and Renal Cancer

Ravindran Kanesvaran

23. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Hodgkin Lymphoma

Colette Owens and Paul A. Hamlin

24. Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Li-Wen Huang and Arati V. Rao

25. Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Older Patients

Sergio Giralt

Section V. Communication With the Older Cancer Patient

26. INTERPRET: A Model for the Cross-Linguistic Medical Interview in the Geriatrics Oncology Setting

Francesca Gany, Xiaoxiao Huang, and Javier Gonzalez

27. Communication With Cognitively Impaired Older Adults and Their Families

Rebecca Saracino, Christian J. Nelson, and Andrew J. Roth

Section VI. The Nursing Home Patient With Cancer

28. Levels of Residential Care in the Elderly and the Role of Cancer Screening

Miriam B. Rodin

Section VII. Models of Care: Survivorship

29. Models of Shared Care

Kristine Swartz, Andrew Chapman, and Patrick Doggett

30. Survivorship Care for Older Adults With Cancer: The Role of Primary Care Physicians and Utility of Care Plans as a Communication Tool

Keith M. Bellizzi and Bonnie E. Gould Rothberg

Section VIII. Palliative Care

31. Treatment of Cancer Pain in the Elderly

Koshy Alexander and Paul Glare

32. Palliation of Nonpain Symptoms

Katherine Wang and Emily Chai

33. Advance Care Planning

Anca Dinescu

Section IX. Integrative Medicine

34. Exercise for the Older Adult

Donna J. Wilson

35. Acupuncture in Geriatric Cancer Care

Theresa Affuso, Jonathan Siman, and Gary Deng

36. Complementary Therapies and Integrative Medicine

Gary Deng