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Handbook of Geriatric Oncology

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Practical Guide to Caring for the Older Cancer Patient

Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki MD, PhD
William P. Tew MD

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    Handbook of Geriatric Oncology: Practical Guide to Caring for the Older Cancer Patient is a practical resource for oncologists and related clinicians who want to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to the elderly cancer patient. Divided into nine succinct sections, it includes topics spanning an Introduction to Aging and Frailty, Geriatric Syndromes, Geriatric Assessment, Select Cancers in the Elderly, Communication With the Older Cancer Patient, the Nursing Home Patient With Cancer, Models of Care: Survivorship, Palliative Care, and Integrative Medicine. Complex issues such as the physiologic changes of aging and their effect on cancer, corresponding social and psychological aspects that accompany aging and a cancer diagnosis, assessment of frailty, managing comorbid conditions and diseases, effective communication among health care providers, the patient and caregivers, as well as the risks and benefits of cancer screening, are made simpler with helpful clinical guidance and clinical pearls.

    Spearheaded by world experts in geriatric oncology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, this book is the definitive resource for oncologists and related clinicians to meet the demands of clinical management along the continuum of geriatric cancer care.

    Key Features

    • Provides best practices for evaluating geriatric syndromes such as functional dependency, falls, cognitive impairment and dementia, delirium, depression and anxiety, social isolation as well as syndromes related to nutrition, comorbid conditions, and polypharmacy.
    • Includes practical guidance on when to treat and when not to treat cancer in older patients
    • Discusses unique factors associated with breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, head and neck cancers, and myelodysplastic syndromes in the elderly that impact care plans and treatment.

    Product Details

    • Publication Date May 30, 2017
    • Page Count 384
    • Product Form Paperback / softback
    • ISBN 13 9781620701041
    • EISBN

    Table of Contents



    Foreword George J. Bosl, MD and Arti Hurria, MD


    Section I. Geriatric Oncology: Overview

    1. Introduction to Geriatric Oncology

    Stuart M. Lichtman

    2. Physiologic Changes of Aging

    Olivia Le Saux, Sophie Watelet, Marine Haution-Bitker, Florence Murard-Reeman, Clémence Lecardonnel, Mahdi Harchaoui, Marc Bonnefoy, and Claire Falandry

    3. Frailty

    Kevin J. Shih, Jessica Lee, and Holly M. Holmes

    4. Biologic Markers of Frailty

    Kah Poh Loh, Nikesha Haynes-Gilmore, Allison Magnuson, and Supriya G. Mohile

    Section II. Geriatric Syndromes

    5. Functional Dependency

    Siri Rostoft and Benedicte Rønning

    6. Falls in the Older Cancer Patient

    Soo Jung Kim and Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki

    7. Nutrition

    Suzanne D. Gerdes

    8. Polypharmacy

    Ginah Nightingale and Manpreet K. Boparai

    9. Comorbidity in Cancer

    Grant R. Williams and Holly M. Holmes

    10. Cognitive Syndromes and Delirium

    Reena Jaiswal and Yesne Alici

    11. Anxiety and Depression in Older Cancer Patients

    Rebecca Saracino, Christian J. Nelson, and Andrew J. Roth

    12. Social Isolation and Caregiver Burden

    Linda Mathew and Carolyn Fulton

    Section III. Geriatric Assessment

    13. Geriatric Assessment

    Sincere McMillan and Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki

    14. Screening Tools in Geriatric Oncology

    Daniel W. Yokom, Cindy Kenis, Shabbir M. H. Alibhai, and Martine T. E. Puts

    Section IV. Select Cancers in the Elderly

    15. Breast Cancer

    Shlomit Strulov Shachar, Trevor A. Jolly, Noam VanderWalde, and Hyman B. Muss

    16. Prostate Cancer in Elderly Patients

    Pedro Recabal, Chung-Han Lee, and Dana E. Rathkopf

    17. Colorectal Cancer

    Armin Shahrokni

    18. Lung Cancer

    Shreya Sinha, Mariam Alexander, and Ajeet Gajra

    19. Ovarian Cancer in the Older Woman

    William P. Tew

    20. Head and Neck Cancer in Older Adults

    Ronald J. Maggiore, Noam VanderWalde, and Melissa Crawley

    21. Pancreatic Cancer

    Elizabeth Won

    22. Bladder and Renal Cancer

    Ravindran Kanesvaran

    23. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Hodgkin Lymphoma

    Colette Owens and Paul A. Hamlin

    24. Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome

    Li-Wen Huang and Arati V. Rao

    25. Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Older Patients

    Sergio Giralt

    Section V. Communication With the Older Cancer Patient

    26. INTERPRET: A Model for the Cross-Linguistic Medical Interview in the Geriatrics Oncology Setting

    Francesca Gany, Xiaoxiao Huang, and Javier Gonzalez

    27. Communication With Cognitively Impaired Older Adults and Their Families

    Rebecca Saracino, Christian J. Nelson, and Andrew J. Roth

    Section VI. The Nursing Home Patient With Cancer

    28. Levels of Residential Care in the Elderly and the Role of Cancer Screening

    Miriam B. Rodin

    Section VII. Models of Care: Survivorship

    29. Models of Shared Care

    Kristine Swartz, Andrew Chapman, and Patrick Doggett

    30. Survivorship Care for Older Adults With Cancer: The Role of Primary Care Physicians and Utility of Care Plans as a Communication Tool

    Keith M. Bellizzi and Bonnie E. Gould Rothberg

    Section VIII. Palliative Care

    31. Treatment of Cancer Pain in the Elderly

    Koshy Alexander and Paul Glare

    32. Palliation of Nonpain Symptoms

    Katherine Wang and Emily Chai

    33. Advance Care Planning

    Anca Dinescu

    Section IX. Integrative Medicine

    34. Exercise for the Older Adult

    Donna J. Wilson

    35. Acupuncture in Geriatric Cancer Care

    Theresa Affuso, Jonathan Siman, and Gary Deng

    36. Complementary Therapies and Integrative Medicine

    Gary Deng