The Older Cancer Patient: A Guide for Nurses and Related Professionals

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Janine Overcash, PhD, ARNP, Lodovice Balducci, MD
Springer Publishing Company, Apr 30, 2003 - Medical - 320 pages
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Because cancer in the older adult may be present in combination with other chronic conditions, including dementia and frailty, multidisciplinary care is especially important. This book provides nurses with essential information on the care and treatment of the older adult with cancer, including:

  • An overview of cancer in the older adult, and barriers to treatment
  • Prevention and screening of cancer in the older adult
  • How to perform a comprehensive geriatric assessment, as a methodfor planning multidisciplinary care
  • Practical applications of qualiy of life assessment and decision analysis
  • Special considerations in radiation therapy and chemotherapy with the older adult
  • Social and caregiver issues

This book reflects lessons learned from a nurse-physician team who planned and implemented the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the.Moffit Cancer Center and Research Institute in Florida.

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About the author (2003)

Janine Overcash, PhD, ARNP, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of South Florida, College of Nursing in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Overcash received her PhD in Anthropology form the University of the South and did her graduate research on breast cancer of the older woman at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. Overcash has published many articles on the assessment of the older cancer patient. She is currently engaged in research to examine the ways of applying the comprehensive geriatric assessment to cancer patients in the outpatient setting. Dr. Overcash has given many lectures nationally and internationally concerning the needs of the older cancer patient.

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