• Sylvie PerrinEmail author
Part of the Principles of Specialty Nursing book series (PSN)


There are many risk factors that may be involved in being diagnosed with cancer. Some are related to our behaviors (alcohol, smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, ...) and can be avoided by a good lifestyle. Others are not modifiable (the place of birth, sex, family history, ...). Of these, the most important risk factor for developing cancer is age. This is why the incidence increases with age, so cancers are in the vast majority of diseases of the elderly. As a result, new cases of cancer in the world are constantly increasing due to demographic changes on the one hand and improvements in life expectancy on the other, and they differ from one country to another. Often age is a factor of late detection; for several reasons, it is therefore necessary to improve early diagnosis.

Older people do not age in the same way, and when they have cancer, it is important to set up a specific and adapted treatment for each individual. Must be adding to the carcinological expertise, the geriatric expertise that will take into account functionality, comorbidities, social context, and patients’ geriatric syndromes. The advice of the geriatrician should be involved in the decision-making process and follow-up of the patient.

In addition, cancer treatments have received little or no attention in patients in this age group. This will require health care staff to acquire geriatric knowledge in order to optimize the management of elderly patients so that they can derive maximum benefit from treatments while maintaining their quality of life.


Elderlies Cancer Frailty Treatment Nursing care 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre Léon BérardLyonFrance

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