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Geriatric AND cancer

Andrzej N Majda, Aleksandra Majdan, Paweł Piłat, Paweł Cisek
Gout tophi around auricular area are common in old men. The differential diagnosis of papules or nodules on the ear includes tophaceous gout, rheumatoid nodules, basal or squamous cell cancer, melanoma, verruca vulgaris or actinic keratosis. The presence of the skin cancer, most commonly located on the head and neck, is often related to the long exposure of the skin to sunlight. Elderly patients are the predominant group of patients with skin malignancies. The aim of this study is to emphasize the importance of early cancer detection in elderly people and use of appropriate therapeutic options that take into account the special requirements of geriatric patients...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Daniel W Yokom, Shabbir M H Alibhai, Schroder Sattar, Monika K Krzyzanowska, Martine T E Puts
INTRODUCTION: Screening tools in geriatric oncology have traditionally been studied for their ability to identify patients who have abnormal domains on a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). However, an alternative outcome of identifying patients who would receive CGA-based interventions could improve selection of patients whose management will be altered by a CGA. The objective of this study was to assess the performance of three geriatric oncology screening tools for their ability to predict for CGA-based interventions...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Erika Ramsdale, Tatyana Lemelman, Kah Poh Loh, Marie Flannery, Lee Kehoe, Teraisa Mullaney, Megan Wells, Nikesha Gilmore, Sandy Plumb, Supriya Mohile
OBJECTIVES: Polypharmacy (PP) and potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) are common in older adults with cancer, increasing the risk of adverse outcomes. Approaches to identifying and addressing PP/PIM are needed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients ≥70 years with advanced cancer were enrolled in this cluster-randomized study. All underwent geriatric assessment (GA), and oncologists randomized to the intervention arm received GA-driven recommendations; no information was provided to oncologists at usual care sites...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Renaud Sabatier, Emanuel Nicolas, Maria Paciencia, Annie-Pierre Jonville-Béra, Anne Madroszyk, Maud Cecile, Cecile Braticevic, Ségolène Duran, Louis Tassy, Franck Rouby, Joëlle Micallef, Frédérique Rousseau
BACKGROUND: Nivolumab is approved worldwide as second-line treatment for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Despite the fact that most of these cancers are being diagnosed in the older patients, few of the patients were included in pivotal trials. We aimed to describe efficacy and safety in a "real-world" older population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively collected data from older patients (≥70 years old) with advanced or metastatic NSCLC treated with Nivolumab in our institution...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Beatrice J Edwards, Xiaotao Zhang, Ming Sun, Holly M Holmes, Leena Ketonen, Nandita Guha, Peter Khalil, Juhee Song, Shelli Kesler, Jay B Shah, Debasish Tripathy, Vicente Valero, Richard E Champlin
OBJECTIVE: To assess cognitive function in older adults undergoing cancer care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study, in the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in older adults undergoing cancer care. Comprehensive geriatric assessments were conducted prior to surgery, chemotherapy or allogeneic stem cell transplantation, at the Program for Healthy Aging from January 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015. Cognitive assessment was conducted through personal and family interview, and the Montreal cognitive assessment (MoCA)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Supriya G Mohile, Allison Magnuson, Chintan Pandya, Carla Velarde, Paul Duberstein, Arti Hurria, Kah Poh Loh, Megan Wells, Sandy Plumb, Nikesha Gilmore, Marie Flannery, Marsha Wittink, Ronald Epstein, Charles E Heckler, Michelle Janelsins, Karen Mustian, Judith O Hopkins, Jane Liu, Srihari Peri, William Dale
Background: This study's objectives were to describe community oncologists' beliefs about and confidence with geriatric care and to determine whether geriatric-relevant information influences cancer treatment decisions. Methods: Community oncologists were recruited to participate in 2 multisite geriatric oncology trials. Participants shared their beliefs about and confidence in caring for older adults. They were also asked to make a first-line chemotherapy recommendation (combination vs single-agent vs no chemotherapy) for a hypothetical vignette of an older patient with advanced pancreatic cancer...
March 2018: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
Junjie Wang, Shude Chai, Guangjun Zheng, Yuliang Jiang, Zhe Ji, Fuxin Guo, Hongqing Zhuang, Kaixian Zhang
The aim of this study is to develop expert consensus statement for recommendations of patient selection criteria, prescription dose, and procedure of computed tomography (CT)-guided125 I radioactive seeds permanent interstitial brachytherapy. Members of Chinese medical association radiation oncology branch, Chinese medical association radiation therapy professional committee, Chinese cancer society minimally invasive surgery branch seed therapy group, Chinese geriatric cancer society minimally invasive surgery branch, Beijing medical association radiation oncology professional committee, China northern radioactive seeds brachytherapy group formed a committee, which consists of physician members who come from the department of radiation oncology, surgery, intervention, internal medicine, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Ramin Fallahzadeh, Hassan Ghasemzadeh, Armin Shahrokni
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to explore state-of-the-art remote monitoring and emerging new sensing technologies for in-home physical assessment and their application/potential in cancer care. In addition, we discuss the main functional and non-functional requirements and research challenges of employing such technologies in real-world settings. RECENT FINDINGS: With rapid growth in aging population, effective and efficient patient care has become an important topic...
March 8, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
Fiammetta Monacelli, Alessio Signori, Matteo Prefumo, Chiara Giannotti, Alessio Nencioni, Emanuele Romairone, Stefano Scabini, Patrizio Odetti
Background/Aims: Postoperative delirium (POD) is more frequent in elderly patients undergoing major cancer surgery. The interplay between individual clinical vulnerability and a series of perioperative factors seems to play a relevant role. Surgery is the first-line treatment option for cancer, and fast-track surgery (FTS) has been documented to decrease postoperative complications. The study sought to assess, after comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) and frailty stratification (Rockwood 40 items index), which perioperative parameters were predictive of POD development in elderly patients undergoing FTS for colorectal cancer...
January 2018: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
Martin Torp Rahbek, Rudolf Scheller, Mads Nybo, Jesper Ryg
We report two cases of transient significantly elevated plasma cobalamin (B12) in geriatric patients acutely admitted with fever, increased C-reactive protein and X-ray verified pneumonia. Extensive diagnostic workup did not reveal kidney or liver disease, neither any signs of cancer. Furthermore, none of the patients had received therapeutic B12 supplementation prior to admission. In both cases, plasma B12 normalized at an out-patient control few months later. We were not able to identify the reason for the initial B12 elevation in any of the patients, since none of the usually recognized causes were evident...
March 7, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
Kah Poh Loh, Colin McHugh, Supriya G Mohile, Karen Mustian, Marie Flannery, Heidi Klepin, Rebecca Schnall, Eva Culakova, Erika Ramsdale
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Older adults with cancer have complex medical needs and often experience higher rates of treatment-related toxicities compared to their younger counterparts. The advent of health information technologies can address multiple gaps in the care of this population. We review the role of existing and emerging technologies in facilitating the use of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in routine clinics, promoting symptom reporting, and monitoring medication adherence...
March 6, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
Kah Poh Loh, Jason Zittel, Sindhuja Kadambi, Chintan Pandya, Huiwen Xu, Marie Flannery, Allison Magnuson, Javier Bautista, Colin McHugh, Karen Mustian, William Dale, Paul Duberstein, Supriya G Mohile
OBJECTIVES: Sleep disturbance is prevalent and often coexists with depression, fatigue, and pain in the cancer population. The aim of this study was to describe the prevalence of sleep disturbance with co-existing depression, fatigue, and pain in older patients with cancer. We also examined the associations of several socio-demographic and clinical variables with sleep disturbance. METHODS: This cross-sectional study consisted of 389 older patients with solid and hematologic malignancies who were referred to the Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) clinics at the Universities of Rochester and Chicago between May 2011 and October 2015 and completed a sleep and geriatric assessment (that inquires about fatigue, pain, and depression)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
A Suhool, D Moszkowicz, T Cudennec, K Vychnevskaia, R Malafosse, A Beauchet, C Julié, F Peschaud
BACKGROUND: Few data are available on the management of elderly rectal cancer patients, and especially on the ability to provide optimal oncological treatment. The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility and results of multimodality treatment for rectal cancer in patients 75years and older after simplified comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) according to Balducci score. METHODS: We reviewed the charts of elderly patients who underwent surgery for localized middle or low rectal cancer...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Visceral Surgery
Tomoya Iida, Kentaro Yamashita, Sae Ohwada, Yosuke Ohkubo, Takehiro Hirano, Takakazu Miyake, Kei Onodera, Toshiyuki Kubo, Hiroo Yamano, Hiroshi Nakase
AIM: Interval gastric cancers (IGC) are defined as those diagnosed after negative results of endoscopy carried out within the past 10 years. We aimed to investigate the characteristics of IGC and the natural history of gastric cancer (GC) from a retrospective view of endoscopic images of older patients with IGC. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed endoscopic images of 240 patients with GC who were aged >60 years. We compared past endoscopic images with newer ones, in which GC was diagnosed...
March 2, 2018: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Shlomit Strulov Shachar, Trevor A Jolly, Ellen Jones, Hyman B Muss
Triple-negative breast cancer, which affects about 10% of older women with breast cancer, represents a major treatment challenge in this population. Treatment decisions for these patients can best be made based on geriatric assessment, estimated life expectancy, whether the treatment goal is prolonged survival or palliation, the potential benefits and toxicities of a specific treatment, and the patient's personal goals for treatment. Treatment outcomes for healthy older and younger women are similar, but great challenges exist in managing the vulnerable and frail patient...
February 15, 2018: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
Bicky Thapa, Hamid Borghei-Razavi, Alireza M Mohammadi, Manmeet Ahluwalia
The incidence of brain metastases range from 10 to 20% of all adult patients with cancer and lung cancer is associated with one of the highest incidences of brain metastases. In geriatric patients, who already have limited cognitive function, whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) can be a problem. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a one day, outpatient treatment with minimal effect to normal brain and could particularly be useful in elderly patients. We report the case of a geriatric patient with metastatic lung adenocarcinoma who had multiple brain metastases and recurrences, who responded well to the stereotactic radiosurgery (six sessions) with acceptable tumor control...
December 22, 2017: Curēus
Romain Corre, Radj Gervais, Florian Guisier, Louis Tassy, Florent Vinas, Régine Lamy, Gislaine Fraboulet, Laurent Greillier, Helene Doubre, Renaud Descourt, Christos Chouaid, Jean-Bernard Auliac
Objective: To assess efficacy and tolerance of EGFR tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKIs) for advanced EGFR-mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in octogenarians. Patients and methods: Patients aged 80 years or older with EGFR-mutated NSCLC treated by EGFR TKI between January 2011 and March 2015 whatever the line of treatment were retrospectively selected. Results: 20 centers retrospectively included 114 patients (women, 77.2%; Caucasians, 98...
February 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Fernando Antonio Glasner da Rocha Araujo, Ubirajara de Oliveira Barroso
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Prostate cancer (PC) presents with a high prevalence, but a low mortality. The evaluation of the risk-benefit ratio of current screening methods has led to conflicting results, which are reflected in some contradictory recommendations proposed by scientific and governmental entities. In this context of uncertainty, our objective is to verify the practices and beliefs of Brazilian physicians of different specialties regarding screening for PC. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted through a self-administered questionnaire survey during the main events of the target specialties (general practitioner, geriatrics, and urology) during the year 2016...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Manu Thakral, Ling Shi, Janice B Foust, Kushang V Patel, Robert H Shmerling, Jonathan F Bean, Suzanne G Leveille
Longitudinal assessment of chronic geriatric pain is complicated by an age-associated plateau in pain severity and increase in widespread pain, calling for innovative measures such as pain quality descriptors that characterize how pain may feel. We characterized persistence of pain quality and its relation to severity, activity interference and distribution of sites, in a population-based sample of adults aged≥70 years with chronic pain (n = 398). Persistent pain quality was defined as reporting descriptors within the same category: sensory, cognitive/affective, or neuropathic at baseline and 18 months...
February 21, 2018: Geriatric Nursing
Carsten Nieder, Rosalba Yobuta, Bård Mannsåker, Astrid Dalhaug
BACKGROUND/AIM: Geriatric oncology practice should be based on dedicated studies and real-world experience. Therefore, we evaluated survival outcomes after palliative thoracic radiotherapy in octogenarian patients with lung cancer and analyzed prognostic factors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We carried out a retrospective analysis of 51 patients with a median age of 83 years. Three different fractionation regimens were compared: two fractions of 8.5 Gy, 10 fractions of 3 Gy, and higher doses than 30 Gy (maximum biologically equivalent dose in 2-Gy fractions (EQD2) was always lower than 50 Gy)...
March 2018: In Vivo
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