Comprehensive Geriatric Oncology by Martine Extermann MD, Lodovico Balducci, William B. Ershler,

By Martine Extermann MD, Lodovico Balducci, William B. Ershler, Gary H. Lyman, Martine Extermann

The prevention and remedy of melanoma in older sufferers calls for an individualized technique, as age factors unpredictable effects from sufferer to sufferer. thoroughly revised and up-to-date, this moment version of a bestseller allows clinicians to settle on the absolute best melanoma care. Highlighting rising concerns in geriatric oncology, it is helping physicians advertise melanoma prevention and exhaustively reports the biology of melanoma and getting older, epidemiologic traits, and scientific trials. New chapters comprise fabric on themes similar to evaluation, fragility, symptom administration, and emergencies, and reports of the effectiveness of educating courses in geriatric oncology.

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6. Goodwin JS, Samet JM, Hunt WC. Determinants of survival in older cancer patients. J Natl Cancer Inst 1996; 88:1031–8. 7. Muss HB, Cohen HJ, Lichtman SM. Clinical research in the older cancer patient. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am 2000; 14:283–91. 8. Spencer G. Projections of the population of the United States, by age, sex, and race: 1988–2080. Current Population Reports, Series P-25, No. 1018. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1989. 9. US Census Bureau, 1999 Survey. Washington, DC: US Census Bureau, 2000.

We also wish to acknowledge the loss of two giants of oncology, who have been among the pioneers of geriatric oncology: BJ Kennedy MD and Paul Carbone MD. Both of them identified the field of cancer and aging as a prime area of intervention and used their world-renowned academic pulpit to spread the word and support our effort. Lodovico Balducci Gary H Lyman William B Ershler Martine Extermann Preface to the first edition Management of cancer in the older-aged person is an increasingly common problem.

Treatment is usually initiated when specific signs or symptoms occur. Chemotherapy in persons over 70 is implied to be of benefit. Aging and cancer 13 Nearly 60% of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are older than 60. Treatment in this age group has improved. 1 The duration of remission and the survival time of older responders to therapy are comparable to those of younger patients, although the older patient is at a greater risk during induction therapy because of uncontrolled infections during the neutropenic phase.

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