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Functional Assessment of Older Patients with Cancer 

Functional Assessment of Older Patients with Cancer
Chapter:
Functional Assessment of Older Patients with Cancer
Source:
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)
Author(s):

Martine Extermann

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199363315.003.0073

Age is the strongest risk factor for cancer. The annual risk of cancer rises from 1/10,000 at the age of 20 to 1% at the age of 80. As a result, half of cancers occur beyond the age of 70. As older patients have a significant inter-individual variation in the number of comorbidities and geriatric problems, it is important to assess them correctly in order to determine the best course of treatment. This chapter reviews the most frequently recommended approach to these problems; the ability of a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) to predict outcomes, notably tolerance to treatment; and CGA-based interventions in oncology.

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