New horizons in managing older cancer survivors: complexities and opportunities

Anna R.A. Mislang, Arduino A. Mangoni, Angela Molga, Swatee Jena, Bogda Koczwara

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Abstract

Older adults represent a growing population amongst cancer survivors who require specific consideration given the complex and largely unknown interactions between cancer-related concerns and age-related conditions. The increasing use of geriatric assessment (GA) has enabled oncologists to appropriately assess older patients' overall health status, personalise anti-cancer treatment and improve survival. However, whilst current research and practice focus on improving the management of older adults with cancer in the acute setting, the progress in the field of survivorship research in geriatric oncology is lagging. As cancer survivorship is a continuum, planning for a healthy survivorship should start at the time of cancer diagnosis. GA can play an important role in identifying potential survivorship issues and optimising delivery of survivorship care. A goal-directed, patient-focused geriatric survivorship care plan that involves a multidisciplinary team provides a framework for a personalised delivery of survivorship care in this patient group and there is a need for tailored interventions that support self-management and care integration. Research on the impact of cancer and its treatment on geriatric-specific outcomes needs to be prioritised through global initiatives to encompass a diverse and heterogenous population of adult cancer survivors.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberafad008
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAge and Ageing
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

Keywords

  • cancer
  • interventions
  • older adults
  • older people
  • self-management
  • survivorship

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