Senior Adult Oncology. Overview. Cancer is the leading cause of death for those 60-79 years 60% of all cancers occur in patients who are 65 years or older Older individuals are more prone to develop cancer due to physiological changes associated with aging. Older Adults.
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Older patients can be classified into three categories:
Data source: The Bureau of the Census
Decreased reserve and resistance to stressors
Frail patients have an increased risk of complications from cancer treatments
Risk for falling, disability, hospitalization, and death
Lack of Social Support
Data Source: Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey
Data Source: National Health Interview Survey
Data source: Current Population Survey