Management of terminal cancer in elderly patients.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Advances in health care and changing demographics worldwide have led to an ageing population whose care at the end of life has become increasingly complicated. Clinicians face a difficult challenge in the effective management of symptoms and suffering of elderly patients with terminal cancer, against a backdrop of complicated family and social structures. We describe the most pertinent features of management of key symptoms, focusing on pain, dyspnoea, constipation, and anorexia-cachexia syndromes. We present a rational approach to nutritional issues along with a description of the psychosocial issues that must be included in the overall management of these patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sutton, LM; Demark-Wahnefried, W; Clipp, EC

Published Date

  • March 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 149 - 157

PubMed ID

  • 12623360

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1470-2045

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s1470-2045(03)01019-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England