Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal
Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus,
Virginia Commonwealth University.
The aging of our society has created a need to disseminate information
on the treatment of older patients. Persons older than 65 years are the fastest
growing segment of the US population and will account for an estimated 20%
of all US residents by 2030. Within that group, numbers of persons older than
85 years are growing the most rapidly.
The incidence of cancer increases with age. Cancer is now the leading
cause of death among persons younger than 85 years. Persons aged 65 years
and older comprise 60% of newly diagnosed patients and 70% of cancer deaths.
The older patient population will soon constitute the majority of adult oncology
patients. Since the first edition of Comprehensive Geriatric
Oncology in 1998, there has been a surge of interest in the field,
led by the editors of this edition, evident, for instance, in Hartford Foundation
fellowships in geriatric oncology, the International Society of Geriatric
Oncology, the Geriatric Oncology Consortium, and cooperative group trials.
Lichtman SM. Geriatric Oncology. JAMA. 2005;294(6):745. doi:10.1001/jama.294.6.745-a