Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

, Volume 174, Issue 1, pp 47–53 | Cite as

Survivorship issues in older breast cancer survivors

  • Steven S. CoughlinEmail author
  • Raheem J. Paxton
  • Nicole Moore
  • Jessica Lynn Stewart
  • Judith Anglin



Almost half of breast cancer survivors are aged ≥ 65 years and the proportion is likely to increase due to the aging of the population. The objectives of this article were to review studies of health outcomes among older breast cancer survivors ≥ 65 years to identify gaps in the published literature and offer suggestions for future research.


The present review is based upon bibliographic searches in PubMed and CINAHL and relevant search terms. Articles published in English from January 1, 1970 through October 1, 2018 were identified using the following MeSH search terms and Boolean algebra commands.


This review has revealed that older breast cancer survivors cope with health issues related to cancer treatment and the aging process, including comorbidities, osteoporosis, symptoms, physical functioning, cognitive functioning, nutrition, and physical activity.


Additional research is needed to examine therapeutic interventions to address the health conditions older breast cancer survivors are coping with. Particular focus of further research should be on the nutritional status and physical activity levels of older breast cancer survivors. Individualized nutrition plans and tailored physical activity programs for older survivors are needed that meet people where they are and that form habits.


Breast cancer survivors Cognition Comorbidity Diet Nutrition Osteoporosis Physical activity Quality of life 


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Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Population Health Sciences, Medical College of GeorgiaAugusta UniversityAugustaUSA
  2. 2.Research ServiceCharlie Norwood Veterans Administration Medical CenterAugustaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Community Medicine and Population HealthUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies, College of Allied Health SciencesAugusta UniversityAugustaUSA

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