November 2008, Volume 38 Number 11 , p 20 - 21
Dell, Deena Damsky RN, AOCN-BC, MSN
Issue: Volume 38(11), November 2008, p 20–21 Publication Type: [Department: upFront: HEALTHIER AGING: Caring for older adults] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Deena Damsky Dell is a clinical nurse specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
AGING IS A KEY RISK FACTOR for developing breast cancer. Of an estimated 182,460 women in the United States expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, about 50% will be 65 and older. 1
On average, a 65-year-old woman in the United States can expect to live about 20 more years. 2 But mistaken assumptions about aging, life expectancy, and ability to tolerate treatment may result in undertreatment of breast cancer in older women. For example, systemic therapy is less commonly recommended to women over age 75. 2,3 Yet data from four randomized trials that included over 6,000 breast cancer patients showed that older women in good health who received the recommended ...