Care of older people living with cancer: The role of the specialist nurse and allied health professionals
Prouse, J., & Phillips, J. (2013). Care of older people living with cancer: The role of the specialist nurse and allied health professionals. Cancer Forum, 37 (3), 226-229.
Older people with cancer have unique physiological, psychological and social needs. This article has identified several key actions that can readily be integrated into existing cancer care services to improve care outcomes for older people referred for cancer treatment, namely: embedding an integrated assessment into the initial visit to ensure early identification of symptoms and unmet needs; monitoring the effectiveness of cancer treatment and changing needs; optimising function through early and appropriate referral; maintaining GP contact; ensuring the provision of well-coordinated care; addressing psychosocial, emotional and financial needs; and minimising caregiver burden.
older people, cancer patients, geriatric oncology