Cancer and the Older Adult


The American Cancer Society indicates that there are more than 1.6 million new cases of cancer diagnoses expected in 2012; and almost three quarters of these newly diagnosed cases of cancer in the US are in persons 55 years old and older. This module will explore how life expectancy, functional status and comorbidity determine treatment in the older person with a cancer diagnosis, and how cancer behaves differently in older people.
1. Learn what assessment instruments enhance oncology care for the older patient.
2. Describe why cancer behaves differently in older adults.
3. Learn what determines treatment in the older cancer patient.
4. Understand why cancer is a disease of aging.