Cancer screening in the elderly population

Michael A. Silverman, Uzma Zaidi, Scott Barnett, Carlos Robles, Vikas Khurana, Howard Manten, David Barnes, Lucy Chua, Bernard A. Roos

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This article reviews the current state of knowledge regarding cancer screening in the geriatric population. Care of the elderly requires knowledge of underlying physiologic changes, comorbidities, quality-of-life factors, and life expectancies. There is always the danger that ageism may prevent elderly cancer patients from receiving the proper treatment. On the other hand, overzealous treatment can lead to adverse results if elderly patients are not properly targeted based on current evidence of the benefits and risks of specific screening practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-112
Number of pages24
JournalHematology/Oncology Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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