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Geriatrics 2017, 2(4), 37; doi:10.3390/geriatrics2040037

A Continuing Mission to Optimize the Care of Older Women with Breast Cancer

School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Royal Derby Hospital Centre, Derby DE22 3DT, UK
Received: 25 October 2017 / Revised: 14 November 2017 / Accepted: 17 November 2017 / Published: 20 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Oncology Care and Research in the Elderly)
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The majority of cases of breast cancer occur in the older population who are often un-represented in clinical trials. Given the growing ageing population globally, it becomes urgent and important to identify an optimal approach so that older women with breast cancer are neither under- or over-treated. An inter-disciplinary research program is ongoing to investigate differing tumor biology according to age, and the potential use of a geriatric assessment tool, aiming to help select older women with primary breast cancer for a personalized and optimal treatment. Full considerations of the biology of the patient’s cancer and the geriatric domains of the patient must be taken into account when making treatment decisions. View Full-Text
Keywords: breast cancer; older women; tumor biology; geriatric assessment; treatment breast cancer; older women; tumor biology; geriatric assessment; treatment
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