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Geriatric Integrated Medicine: Cancer Screening

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Cancer Screening: Checking for cancer (or for abnormal cells that may become cancer) in people who have no symptoms is called screening.

Screening can help doctors find and treat several types of cancer early, before they cause symptoms. Early detection is important because when abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread and be harder to treat. 

Source: National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

PubMed Research on Geriatric Cancer Screening


Agreement analysis between three different short geriatric screening scales in patients undergoing chemotherapy for solid tumors.


Joshi A, Tandon N, Patil VM, Noronha V, Gupta S, Bhattacharjee A, Prabhash K.


J Cancer Res Ther. 2017 Oct-Dec;13(6):1023-1026. doi: 10.4103/0973-1482.179062.


PMID: 29237969 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free Article


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Screening and Treating Prostate Cancer in the Older Patient: Decision Making Across the Clinical Spectrum.


Morgans AK, Dale W, Briganti A.


Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2017;37:370-381. doi: 10.14694/EDBK_175491.


PMID: 28561697 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free Article


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Modeling individual and relative accuracy of screening tools in geriatric oncology.


Bellera CA, Artaud F, Rainfray M, Soubeyran PL, Mathoulin-Pélissier S.


Ann Oncol. 2017 May 1;28(5):1152-1157. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdx068.


PMID: 28327973 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


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Role of geriatric intervention in the treatment of older patients with cancer: rationale and design of a phase III multicenter trial.


Soubeyran P, Terret C, Bellera C, Bonnetain F, Jean OS, Galvin A, Chakiba C, Zwolakowski MD, Mathoulin-Pélissier S, Rainfray M.


BMC Cancer. 2016 Dec 1;16(1):932.


PMID: 27908282 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


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Age Nutrition Chirugie (ANC) study: impact of a geriatric intervention on the screening and management of undernutrition in elderly patients operated on for colon cancer, a stepped wedge controlled trial.


Dupuis M, Kuczewski E, Villeneuve L, Bin-Dorel S, Haine M, Falandry C, Gilbert T, Passot G, Glehen O, Bonnefoy M.


BMC Geriatr. 2017 Jan 7;17(1):10. doi: 10.1186/s12877-016-0402-3.


PMID: 28061830 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


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Supportive Care in Older Adults with Cancer: Across the Continuum.


Koll T, Pergolotti M, Holmes HM, Pieters HC, van Londen GJ, Marcum ZA, MacKenzie AR, Steer CB.


Curr Oncol Rep. 2016 Aug;18(8):51. doi: 10.1007/s11912-016-0535-8. Review.


PMID: 27342609 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


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A Comprehensive Look at Polypharmacy and Medication Screening Tools for the Older Cancer Patient.


Whitman AM, DeGregory KA, Morris AL, Ramsdale EE.


Oncologist. 2016 Jun;21(6):723-30. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2015-0492. Epub 2016 May 5. Review.


PMID: 27151653 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


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Comparing Prognostic Tools for Cancer Screening: Considerations for Clinical Practice and Performance Assessment.


Pollack CE, Blackford AL, Schoenborn NL, Boyd CM, Peairs KS, DuGoff EH.


J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 May;64(5):1032-8. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14089. Epub 2016 Apr 30.


PMID: 27131231 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


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An Individualized Approach to Cancer Screening Decisions in Older Adults: A Multilevel Framework.


Breslau ES, Gorin SS, Edwards HM, Schonberg MA, Saiontz N, Walter LC.


J Gen Intern Med. 2016 May;31(5):539-47. doi: 10.1007/s11606-016-3629-y. Epub 2016 Mar 3. Review.


PMID: 26941042 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


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A Novel Geriatric Screening Tool in Older Patients with Cancer: The Korean Cancer Study Group Geriatric Score (KG)-7.


Kim JW, Kim SH, Kim YJ, Lee KW, Kim KI, Lee JS, Kim CH, Kim JH; Korean Cancer Study Group Geriatric Oncology Working Party.


PLoS One. 2015 Sep 24;10(9):e0138304. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138304. eCollection 2015.


PMID: 26401951 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


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Geriatric assessment as predictors of hospital readmission in older adults with cancer.


Chiang LY, Liu J, Flood KL, Carroll MB, Piccirillo JF, Stark S, Wang A, Wildes TM.


J Geriatr Oncol. 2015 Jul;6(4):254-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2015.04.003. Epub 2015 May 11.


PMID: 25976445 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


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Screening for predictors of adverse outcome in onco-geriatric surgical patients: A multicenter prospective cohort study.


Huisman MG, Audisio RA, Ugolini G, Montroni I, Vigano A, Spiliotis J, Stabilini C, de Liguori Carino N, Farinella E, Stanojevic G, Veering BT, Reed MW, Somasundar PS, de Bock GH, van Leeuwen BL.


Eur J Surg Oncol. 2015 Jul;41(7):844-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2015.02.018. Epub 2015 Apr 13.


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Geriatric screening tools are of limited value to predict decline in functional status and quality of life: results of a cohort study.


Deckx L, van den Akker M, Daniels L, De Jonge ET, Bulens P, Tjan-Heijnen VC, van Abbema DL, Buntinx F.


BMC Fam Pract. 2015 Mar 3;16:30. doi: 10.1186/s12875-015-0241-x.


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Expert consensus panel guidelines on geriatric assessment in oncology.


O'Donovan A, Mohile SG, Leech M.


Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2015 Jul;24(4):574-89. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12302. Epub 2015 Mar 11.


PMID: 25757457 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


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Continuing Medical Education (CME)

E-Books on Geriatric Cancer

  • 2018 ASCO Educational Book. The 2018 ASCO Educational Book is an NLM-indexed collection of articles written by ASCO Annual Meeting faculty and invited leaders from ASCO’s other meetings. Published annually, each volume highlights the most compelling research and developments across the multidisciplinary fields of oncology and serves as an enduring scholarly resource long after the Meeting concludes.
  • Breast Cancer Screening, Family Practice Notebook, Gynecology Book, Prevention Chapter
  • MDPI Books > Library > Ovarian Cancer Screening, Ovarian Cancer Screening, ISBN 978-3-03842-716-2 (Pbk); ISBN 978-3-03842-715-5 (PDF), Open Access, © 2018 MDPI; under CC BY-NC-ND license

Guidelines on Geriatric Cancer

News & Opinion

  • New guidelines for prostate cancer screening. The new recommendations for PSA tests say men ages 55 to 69 should "make an individualized decision about prostate cancer screening with their clinician." CNBC. The draft guidelines update a blanket recommendation in 2012 for no routine screening at any age. Meg Tirrell. Published 6:01 AM ET Tue, 11 April 2017  Updated 3:12 PM ET Tue, 11 April 2017

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