Cancer and older people
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Cancer and older people

Candy Cooley Head of Division, Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, University of Central England, Birmingham
Glyn Coventry Head of Division, Mental Health, University of Central England, Birmingham

This article considers some causes of cancer, diagnostic assessments and treatment options, as well as some of the myths surrounding the appropriate care of older people with cancer. It stresses the importance of employing the specialist knowledge of gerontological and cancer professionals in caring for the older person with cancer, and emphasises the central role of the nurse in delivering effective care.

Nursing Older People. 15, 2, 22-27. doi: 10.7748/nop2003.

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