Assessment and treatment of elderly patients with cancer

Surg Oncol. 2010 Sep;19(3):117-23. doi: 10.1016/j.suronc.2009.11.008. Epub 2009 Dec 16.


In the US, the total projected cancer incidence will increase by 45% yearly from 2010 to 2030. The majority of these neoplasms will affect the elderly. The National Institute on Aging has characterised the aging of our society as a "silver tsunami". Thus, the management of cancer in the older aged person represents a priority for health care delivery in the immediate future. Aging, age-related changes, frailty, prolongation of active life expectancy, prevention of Adverse Drugs Reactions (ADRs), Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA), and individualised treatment in the future will become the most widely used concepts in the management of cancer patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Geriatric Assessment*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / therapy*