Study of older female cancer survivors

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Older Female Cancer Survivors Have Added Health Issues Compared To Their Counterparts

As cancer survivors live longer, questions arise about what kind of care long-term they require.

Survivorship for older patients now seems top of the agenda;  in Britain the NHS has now come out with statements that they are doing more to help this age group,  and a recently published study from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in the USA found 245 older married women who survived cancer had more health problems as compared to a sample of 245 married women without cancer.

The article, “Health and Well-Being in Older Married Female Cancer Survivors,” was published as part of a special supplement of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, along with other articles that resulted from a conference at CWRU on geriatric oncology, said Aloen Townsend, the lead researcher and associate professor of social work.

“There is a pressing need to study older cancer survivors,” Townsend said. “It is critical to disentangle the experiences that are unique to older cancer survivors from experiences that are common to aging individuals.”

Health care for cancer survivors is a growing concern, according to the researchers.

http://www.cancercompass.com/cancer-news/article/32923.htm?c=NL20100224

http://www.case.edu/

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