Frailty in Older Adults: Assessment, Support, and Treatment Implications in Patients With Cancer

Janine Overcash, Diane G. Cope, Janet H. Van Cleave

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Frailty is defined as a disability in those of advanced age, often with comorbidities, poor nutritional status, cognitive decline, and reduced functional status. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this article is to discuss the concept of frailty, assess the use of a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA), and understand the implications for treatment to maintain or enhance physical, functional, and cognitive health of older adult patients with cancer. METHODS: Literature about frailty in older adult patients diagnosed with cancer was reviewed to determine evidence-based assessment and treatment options. FINDINGS: About half of all older adult patients with cancer experience some degree of frailty. CGA is a useful way to evaluate frailty and the extent of limitations. Many frailty-specific tools have been developed. Evidence-based strategies are available to address limitations associated with frailty in older adult patients with cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-18
Number of pages11
JournalClinical journal of oncology nursing
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Keywords

  • cancer
  • comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • frail
  • geriatric oncology
  • older adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)

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