Supportive, Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Older Breast Cancer Patients

  • Elaine Cachia
  • Ruth Broadhurst
  • Sam H. AhmedzaiEmail author


Breast cancer is predominantly a disease of older women, but the bias towards inclusion of younger patients and exclusion of older ones in clinical studies has led to a relative paucity of specific data on their well-being. In this chapter, therefore, much of the evidence reviewed will be generic to all ages of patients, but whenever age-related changes are known, these will be highlighted. The authors feel justified in this inclusive approach, as the key messages about supportive, palliative, and end-of-life care are still poorly recognized by many professionals, even those providing excellent surgical and oncological care for both younger and older women.


Breast Cancer Breast Cancer Patient Palliative Care Breast Cancer Survivor Cancer Pain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elaine Cachia
  • Ruth Broadhurst
  • Sam H. Ahmedzai
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Academic Unit of Supportive CareUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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