Cancer, comorbidities, and health-related quality of life of older adults.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study examined the physical and mental health of 126,685 males and females age 65 or over, with and without cancer that completed a Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS) between 1998-2002. Cancer information was ascertained through the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program and linked to MHOS data. Results indicated that across most cancer types, cancer patients reported significantly more comorbid conditions and poorer physical and mental health compared with patients without cancer. Negative associations were most pronounced in those with two or more comorbidities and in those diagnosed with cancer within the past year.

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Cited Authors

  • Smith, AW; Reeve, BB; Bellizzi, KM; Harlan, LC; Klabunde, CN; Amsellem, M; Bierman, AS; Hays, RD

Published Date

  • 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 41 - 56

PubMed ID

  • 18773613

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3142673

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0195-8631


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States