Current Geriatrics Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 209–219

Head and Neck Cancer in the Older Adult: Approaches in Evaluation and Management

Geriatric Oncology (TM Wildes, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s13670-014-0089-2

Cite this article as:
Maggiore, R.J. Curr Geri Rep (2014) 3: 209. doi:10.1007/s13670-014-0089-2


Head and neck cancer collectively represents a growing cancer diagnosis among older adults. Many insights have been gained into the pathogenesis and risk factors of head and neck cancer. Moreover, major improvements have occurred in surgical approaches, the delivery of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and the management of their complications for head and neck cancer. However, how these cancer therapies are best applied to older adults with head/neck cancer remains unclear and under-studied. This review will serve to synthesize the current data available in evaluating and managing head and neck cancer with a focus on the older adult; unique issues and knowledge gaps in geriatric oncology as they apply to those with head/neck cancer, while raising survivorship issues that are key in this growing patient population.


ElderlyOlder adultGeriatric oncologyHead and neck cancerChemoradiationSurvivorshipManagementGeriatric assessment

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York (outside the USA) 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of MedicinePortland Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Oregon Health and Science UniversityPortlandUSA