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Cancers: Progress and Challenges in the Elderly

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Cancer is a growing concern in the long-term care facility. The most common cancers long-term staff are apt to encounter include breast, lung, bladder, prostate, brain, and colorectal. Each cancer subtype and its treatment options are reviewed; they will vary with patients' level of functioning and tolerability. Since treatment guidelines were developed for younger cohorts, issues and side effects unique to elders require an ongoing alliance with oncology specialists. Screening guidelines and end-of-life issues are discussed.
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Keywords: Cancer screening; Cancer treatment; Elderly; End-of-life care; Long-term care; Lymphedema; Oncology

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-07-01

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  • The Consultant Pharmacist® is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. It is dedicated exclusively to the medication needs of the elderly in all settings, including adult day care, ambulatory care, assisted living, community, hospice, and nursing facilities. This award-winning journal is a member benefit of ASCP. Individuals who are not members and wish to receive The Consultant Pharmacist® will want to consider joining ASCP.
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