Elderly getting left out of critical cancer research

- experts attending international conference on older cancer patients want new research, and treatment equity -

Boston, MA (September 30, 2002) Despite the median age of cancer patients reaching seventy years old, leading oncology experts from around the world say elderly patients are often excluded from important clinical trials and are not being offered the same treatment options as younger patients.

The experts, attending the 7th International Conference on Geriatric Oncology, have called for equity in access to treatment options and additional research among elderly cancer patients. New research is particularly needed in elderly patients with co-morbid conditions, such as heart disease, and in those taking multiple medications that can often interact adversely with one another.

"Cancer is an increasingly important problem in the elderly, yet there is a lack of research focusing on this important group," said Dr. Paul Calabresi of Providence, Rhode Island and president of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology. "In the next ten years there will be an exponential increase in patient numbers. We can no longer ignore this important patient population," Calabresi added.

Commenting on the issue of access to treatments, Dr. Silvio Monfardini (Padore, Italy), future president of SIOG said, "Elderly cancer patients must be offered the same treatment options as younger patients, even if treatment of the elderly is less cost-effective."

"It is wrong and unethical to discriminate against a patient because of their age," Mondfardini concluded.

Highlights of the conference include Dr. Matti Aapro's (Clinique De Genolier, Switzerland) presentation on the guidelines for treating anemia in elderly cancer patients. When discussing patient care, Dr. Aapro states there is a clear need to continue the pioneering work of the U.S. National Cancer Network, demonstrating that all elderly patients need to be tr

Contact: Frances Godson
Shire Health New York

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Elderly receiving inappropriate prescriptions from their doctors office
2. Elderly people cared for by spouse are at greater risk for abuse, Pitt researchers find
3. Elderly with advanced chronic diseases burdened with symptoms
4. Elderly cancer patients are significantly under-represented in cancer clinical trials
5. Elderly experience long-term cognitive decline after surgery
6. Elderly men receiving excessive prostate cancer screening, study suggests
7. Elderly women over-screened for cancers with little measurable benefit
8. Elderly care is inadequate, especially in nursing homes
9. Elderly do not plan for serious future illness
10. Elderly colon cancer patients benefit from chemotherapy and surgery
11. Elderly patients have a high risk of stroke within six months of a heart attack

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/11/2020)... ... 11, 2020 , ... MemoryCare.com , a comprehensive resource ... Memory Care Facilities in San Antonio, Texas. The guide identifies 19 memory care ... According to the Alzheimer’s Association , 5.6 million people aged 65 and ...
(Date:8/11/2020)... ... August 11, 2020 , ... The Organic Alcohol Company (OAC) ... of sanitizers that are fragrance-free and gentle on the hands using top of ... potentially dangerous levels of toxic chemicals. This is another reason The Organic Alcohol ...
(Date:8/11/2020)... ... August 11, 2020 , ... ... unmet needs in the field of urology, today announced that Sean Delair, M.D., ... Excellence. The designation recognizes that Dr. Delair has achieved a high level of ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... ... August 07, 2020 , ... As part of their ... during this past spring, The Bengtson Center team decided to temporarily suspend most in-person ... on an individual basis. With the offices now open again, the leading plastic ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... ... August 07, 2020 , ... Mary J's Cannabis , Kingston’s ... of dicentra Cannabis Consulting . , The store, which operates out of ... the first of many locations as the company plans to expand across Canada. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/5/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Millions of America’s seniors could face disruptions ... of life unless Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ... , At issue is CMS’s 2021 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule, ...
(Date:8/3/2020)... ... August 03, 2020 , ... ... Emergency Operations Planning services for small business owners. These plans help ... manage or communicate with their teams for 30-90 days as a result of ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... 31, 2020 , ... Innovative Health, Inc. today ... Transseptal Needle and the Baylis Medical NRG Transseptal Needle. Innovative Health’s clearance to ... no other company is able to offer reprocessed transseptal needles and unlock additional ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: