Frailty - an overview for oncologists

Jolanta Życzkowska, Tomasz Grądalski
Oncol Clin Pract 2010;6(2):79-84.

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Vol 6, No 2 (2010)
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Published online: 2010-06-25

Abstract

Frailty syndrome defines the elderly population with chronic health care problems loosing the physical efficiency. It is a physiological syndrome consisted of the diminishing physical reserves and also decreasing resistance for the various stressors. It can lead to the social dependence and the increased risk of hospitalization, morbidity and mortality rate, even due to the trivial causes. High level of inflammatory mediators, coagulation disturbances, age related changes in hormone levels, muscle loss or sarcopenia appear to be connected with this syndrome. Clinical diagnosis consists of the weight loss, asthenia, fatigue, walking slowness and physical capacity deterioration.
Onkol. Prak. Klin. 2010; 6, 2: 79-84

Keywords

frailty; pre-death syndrome; asthenia; sarcopenia; cachexia

About this article
Title

Frailty - an overview for oncologists

Journal

Oncology in Clinical Practice

Issue

Vol 6, No 2 (2010)

Pages

79-84

Published online

2010-06-25

Bibliographic record

Oncol Clin Pract 2010;6(2):79-84.

Keywords

frailty
pre-death syndrome
asthenia
sarcopenia
cachexia

Authors

Jolanta Życzkowska
Tomasz Grądalski

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