Ballinger, R. S. and Fallowfield, L. J. (2009) Quality of life and patient-reported outcomes in the older breast cancer patient. Clinical Oncology, 21 (2). pp. 140-155. ISSN 0936-6555Full text not available from this repository.
As the world population ages, the incidence of cancer will probably also increase as it is a disease predominantly affecting older people. However, those aged 70 years or more have largely been excluded from clinical trials. This review focuses on breast cancer. Increasingly there is recognition that many older breast cancer patients are being undertreated and could and should be offered the same treatments as younger patients. Comprehensive assessment of the quality of any survival benefit from treatments is also needed to ensure that in the future older patients can make fully informed decisions about their treatment options. The aim of this overview is two-fold: first to describe methods by which to assess quality of life; and second to review the recent surgical, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other studies that include such assessment with older breast cancer patients. Current studies are also outlined, including quality of life assessments, and recommendations are made for future research in this area.📧 Request an update