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4 Issues with Cancer Care in the Elderly

Cancer, the second leading cause of death in the US, disproportionately affects the senior population. More than 60% of people with cancer are seniors, and seniors have the highest mortality rate from cancer of any age group. Seniors with cancer have different treatment issues than younger people, yet their special needs are often ignored when researching — and implementing — cancer treatment.

The following 4 issues affect the safety and effectiveness of cancer care in older people:

1. Seniors are under-represented in clinical trials of cancer therapies.

Because of this, their response to new therapies goes unnoted. For example, many of the newer targeted treatments for cancer have side effects that disproportionately affect the senior population, yet remain unmeasured by clinical trials. Cardiotoxicity, in which the heart becomes weak and inefficient, is a treatment side effect that can be far more serious in an older person. However, while there is data to support the safety of a treatment with a side effect of cardiotoxicity in younger people, underrepresentation of seniors in clinical trials means that the safety of these treatments is unknown in older people, particularly those over 75.

2. The senior population tends to have other conditions in addition to their cancer.

According to the AARP, 91% of seniors have at least one chronic health condition, and 73% have at least two. These issues may include such chronic health conditions as hypertension and diabetes, and disabilities, whether physical, or cognitive. These conditions represent variables that are not generally accounted for when testing cancer therapies. Disabilities, in particular, can worsen with cancer treatment, and have been shown to lead to earlier mortality.

3. Seniors often have less ability to keep up with their care regimens.

Older people, particularly those who are frail and living at home, often have difficulty managing their medications, coordinating their care among a variety of healthcare providers — and even getting to their medical appointments.

4. Caregivers are under high levels of stress.

Added to these issues is the fact that most seniors with cancer are being cared for either by their children, who are also working, or by their spouses, who are also older and likely have their own medical issues. According to the National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute, the distress experienced by these caregivers is often found to be greater than the distress reported by the person with cancer.

At the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, we specialize in geriatric care, and are best able to care for the unique needs of seniors with cancer, removing the burden of care from their loved ones.

We offer the very best of care in the most appropriate and patient-centered environment. This means always listening to our residents and patients and respecting their capabilities, while helping them to achieve maximum functionality and independence. And always maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.

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The Regency organization has become synonymous with the best in senior healthcare and has garnered a well deserved reputation for its unsurpassed commitment to its patients and residents.

The Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers and Facilities throughout New Jersey have achieved numerous industry ‘gold standard’ benchmarks and have received accolades from all corners of the HealthCare community.

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