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Long-term approach needed to ensure the well-being of older adults with cancer

Research explores factors in physical, psychological and social domains that could affect quality of life for people with cancer

The number of older people living with cancer is growing and soon three-quarters of those living after the initial acute stage of their treatment will be aged 65 years or older.

Quality of life studies tend to focus on one cancer at a time and on specific cancer drugs or treatments. However, as people live longer after cancer diagnosis, it is important to understand the contribution of other factors affecting quality of life.

To investigate this issue the researchers surveyed 1,457 adults aged 65 years or older. Most of the respondents were not actively receiving cancer treatment at the time of the survey and were one year or more past their diagnosis.

The survey explored factors in physical, psychological, social and spiritual domains that could affect quality of life.


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