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Oncogeriatrics (part 7.). Geriatric assessment for older patients with cancer

Jakub Kenig, Kinga Szabat
DOI: 10.5603/NJO.2020.0031
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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2020;70(4):153-157.

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Vol 70, No 4 (2020)
Review article
Published online: 2020-07-27

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The geriatric assessment (GA) is defined as a multidimensional, interdisciplinary diagnostic process focusing on determining an older person’s medical, psychosocial, and functional capabilities that are not identified by routine evaluation. There is more and more data on the benefits of the GA in the evaluation and management process of older patients with cancer. It allows for the development of an individual cancer treatment plan resulting in less postoperative complications, redu­ced treatment toxicity, improved quality of life and very often without compromising survival. However, the relationship between specific domains of the GA and post-treatment medical outcomes, functional status and quality of life remains unknown. Moreover, there is still no consensus over what the “golden standard” GA should look like, which tools should be included and what cut-off should be used. This is still an active area of research. However, there is no doubt that under­standing the health status of an older patient with cancer should be as important as cancer staging and tumour biology.

Abstract

The geriatric assessment (GA) is defined as a multidimensional, interdisciplinary diagnostic process focusing on determining an older person’s medical, psychosocial, and functional capabilities that are not identified by routine evaluation. There is more and more data on the benefits of the GA in the evaluation and management process of older patients with cancer. It allows for the development of an individual cancer treatment plan resulting in less postoperative complications, redu­ced treatment toxicity, improved quality of life and very often without compromising survival. However, the relationship between specific domains of the GA and post-treatment medical outcomes, functional status and quality of life remains unknown. Moreover, there is still no consensus over what the “golden standard” GA should look like, which tools should be included and what cut-off should be used. This is still an active area of research. However, there is no doubt that under­standing the health status of an older patient with cancer should be as important as cancer staging and tumour biology.

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older patients; elderly; comprehensive geriatric assessment; frailty

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Title

Oncogeriatrics (part 7.). Geriatric assessment for older patients with cancer

Journal

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

Issue

Vol 70, No 4 (2020)

Pages

153-157

Published online

2020-07-27

DOI

10.5603/NJO.2020.0031

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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2020;70(4):153-157.

Keywords

older patients
elderly
comprehensive geriatric assessment
frailty

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Jakub Kenig
Kinga Szabat

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