The Older Cancer Patient: A Guide for Nurses and Related Professionals

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Because cancer in the older adult may be present in combination with other chronic conditions, including dementia and frailty, multidisciplinary care is especially important. This book provides nurses with essential information on the care and treatment of the older adult with cancer, including:

  • An overview of cancer in the older adult, and barriers to treatment
  • Prevention and screening of cancer in the older adult
  • How to perform a comprehensive geriatric assessment, as a method for planning multidisciplinary care
  • Practical applications of qualiy of life assessment and decision analysis
  • Special considerations in radiation therapy and chemotherapy with the older adult
  • Social and caregiver issues

This book reflects lessons learned from a nurse-physician team who planned and implemented the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the.Moffit Cancer Center and Research Institute in Florida.

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Janine Overcash, PhD, ARNP, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of South Florida, College of Nursing in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Overcash received her PhD in Anthropology form the University of the South and did her graduate research on breast cancer of the older woman at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Overcash has published many articles on the assessment of the older cancer patient. She is currently engaged in research to examine the ways of applying the comprehensive geriatric assessment to cancer patients in the outpatient setting. Dr. Overcash has given many lectures nationally and internationally concerning the needs of the older cancer patient.



Lodovico Balducci, MD, is Professor of Medicine &Oncology, University of South Florida College of Medicine, and Program Leader of the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Balducci received his medical degree from Catholic University, Rome, Italy, and his residency training and fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi.

Dr. Balducci has edited the only two existing textbooks on geriatric oncology. He is currently the Program Leader of the only existing geriatric oncology program in the country and the world. Dr. Balducci has published over 130 articles in various medical journals on the subject of geriatric oncology, and five monographs on geriatric oncology. Dr. Balducci's clinical research activities include cancer and aging, management of the frail elderly, assessment of quality of life in the older cancer patient, prognostic assessment of the older cancer patient, and interactions of comorbidity and function in the older cancer patient. Dr. Balducci is a member of ASCO's Public Issues Committee and Task Force on Cancer and Aging.

Dr. Balducci is board certified in Geriatric Medicine and Medical Oncology/Hematology. He is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Hematology, American Society of Breast Disease, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Balducci has lectured throughout the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

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"A worthy goal of improving the quality of life of the elderly client with cancer and presents a realistic model fro achieving this goal"
--Melody L. McKinney, DNS,RN

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