Cancer Screening in Older Patients

Cancer is a scary disease, however, if caught early enough, it can be beaten. While we mainly hear the heartbreaking stories of young children suffering with brain tumors or young women leaving their babies behind when they lose the battle to breast cancer, they are not the only group affected. As patients age and their health deteriorates, cancer can contribute to their health complications. In a recent article, Melissa Cohen, MD, discussed cancer screening in older patients. Dr. Cohen discusses the statistics behind cancer in older patients as well as the best approach to take, as the diagnosis and management of cancer differs for patients over the age of 65. A prime example of that can be seen in a recent blog post from GeriPal. Sometimes cancer screening may not be the best option for your patient. For helpful tips on providing proper care for your elderly cancer patients, remember to consultĀ Clinical Geriatrics.

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