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Best Breast-Cancer Care Eludes Older Women
Date:10/21/2007

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For example, she explained, "If they don't have social support, can we get a visiting nurse in? If they are feeling depressed and anxious, should we be getting some physiological support as part of the treatment plan?"

Litvak supports geriatric assessments as a way to get past age discrimination. "We should be changing our way of treating older patients and not have absolute cutoffs for age," he said.

More information

Read the American Geriatrics Society's position statement on breast cancer screening for older women.



SOURCES: David A. Litvak, M.D., general surgeon and surgical oncologist, Permanente Medical Group, Southern Calif.; Rebecca A. Silliman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and public health, schools of medicine and public health, Boston University, and chief of the geriatrics section, Boston Medical Center; Arti Hurria, M.D., director, aging and cancer research program, division of medical oncology and therapeutics research, and assistant professor, division of population sciences, City of Hope, Duarte, Calif.; October 2006, Archives of Surgery


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