Management of terminal cancer in elderly patients.

Academic Article


  • 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.
  • Published In

  • Lancet Oncology  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Anorexia, Constipation, Dyspnea, Female, Geriatrics, Humans, Male, Neoplasms, Pain, Palliative Care, Professional-Family Relations
  • Author List

  • Sutton LM; Demark-Wahnefried W; Clipp EC
  • Start Page

  • 149
  • End Page

  • 157
  • Volume

  • 4
  • Issue

  • 3