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May 16, 2012

Management of Cancer in the Older Patient

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (christine.veenstra@uphs.upenn.edu).

JAMA. 2012;307(19):2106-2107. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.4814

Cancer is primarily a disease of aging, and the proportion of the US population older than 65 years continues to increase. As the population ages, the number of older patients with cancer diagnoses will also increase. Caring for the older patient with cancer is a complex task requiring thoughtful, multidisciplinary care. Primary care physicians play a crucial role in caring for these patients, because these physicians often are the ones with the most knowledge of the individual patient and are best positioned to recognize and address the overall goals of care. Management of Cancer in the Older Patient is written with these physicians in mind and explores the key issues that a primary care physician is likely to encounter when caring for an older patient with cancer.