The elderly, one might say, have come of age in medicine. Geriatric medicine has been a recognized specialty for some time. There is a National Institute on Aging. Anyone who reads the newspaper knows that the US population is aging; those older than 65 years now comprise 13% and are projected to comprise 20% of the total population by the year 2030. Jointly with the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging has recently invited research grant applications for the study of cancer treatment in older patients (Program Announcement-98-069).
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