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Geriatric Cancers Index
Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD

Geriatric Oncology
Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD
As our population ages, there is going to be a greater need for knowledge and state-of-the-art treatments for our geriatric patients. A comprehensive geriatric assessment (GCA) is needed for survival. Use of the Karnofsky or the ECOG physical assessment approach can be very helpful. Control of hypertension, diabetes, heart and lung disease are vital components of both psychological and functional status.

Comorbid Issues in Geriatric (Elderly) Oncology
Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD
Elderly and aging cancer patients need a comprehensive geriatric assessment. Comorbid conditions - Memory and Cognition, Nutritional Status, Psychological Status and Support, Maintenance Drug Therapy, Helpful Interventions

>Elderly Oncology Introduction
Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD
More than half the new cancers diagnosed occur in the elderly. There is a need for a comprehensive geriatric assessment program. Older patients with cancer often require functional assistance. The need increases as cancer survivors age. The use of the Karnofsky or ECOG Performance Status is of help in the assessment.

Cancer Facts and Aging
Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD
One in five Americans will be at least age 65 or older by the year 2030, and the incidence of cancer is 11-fold higher in persons over age 65. About 3.5% of the American population are cancer survivors - meaning many people suffer the consequences of cancer and its treatment. Thus, chronological age is no longer a factor that would limit aggressive treatment.

Deconditioning: A Major Problem with Elderly Cancer Patients
Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD
Deconditioning is frequently seen in ill patients, elderly, and the obese. Deconditioning with debility and bed rest, muscles decline by an estimated 10% per week. Thus, in approximately five weeks, you could lose up to a quarter of your muscle strength, as well as getting joint capsule contracture

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