Reviews in Clinical Gerontology

Clinical gerontology

Cancer in the older person

Peter Stephensa1 c1

a1 Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

The challenges of treating malignant disease in the older population are gaining greater prominence. In the last 10 years the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) has established a task force to examine challenges of managing older cancer patients. As an indication of their importance, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) specifically addressed the issues raised by older patients at their annual conference in 2004.


c1 Address for correspondence: Peter Stephens, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Freeman Hospital, High Heaton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE7 7DN, UK. Email: