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What is the impact of diet on cancer risk?
As we pass another World Cancer Day on 4 February 2020, I reflect on why I am passionate about promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle for cancer prevention. 1 in 2 people born after 1960 will develop cancer in their lifetime, and cancer is the commonest cause of premature death in the UK.
Loss of muscle mass and strength in patients with cancer – not as harmless as it sounds
Nearly 40 years ago, in the late 1980s, the frequently observed decline in muscle mass with increasing age was termed sarcopenia. Since then, sarcopenia has become a hot topic for researchers and clinicians as they work to identify its place in age and disease-related processes.
Geriatric Oncology: why older patients need a special approach
Anthea Cree is an oncology registrar but routinely holds clinics where many of the patients are over 80. This is a positive step as a third of cancer patients are over 75 years old and in the past many did not get a chance to see a specialist as they were automatically deemed to be too old for treatment.
Oncogeriatrics, gaining momentum
Oncogeriatrics is a relatively new speciality but those involved can see it is an exciting one, gaining momentum, and the BGS Oncology SIG was inaugurated in 2015. Kirsty Colquhoun discusses the upcoming BGS Oncogeriatrics Conference on 7 December 2017
Book Review: Problem Solving in Older Cancer Patients
As geriatricians seem ever thinly spread, the possibility of us providing input to the population of older people with cancer seems challenging - especially when you consider that a majority of cancer diagnoses and deaths occur in the over 65s. However oncogeriatrics has taken root in the past 2 or 3 years and there are now a few centres nationally offering just this approach. For those geriatricians who are hoping to provide it (or oncologists who are trying to entice them) this book will be of great interest.
Why are we still not involving geriatricians in caring for our older cancer patients?
Sixty percent of new cancers are diagnosed in patients older than 65 years of age. Given the vulnerabilities of older cancer patients, cancer specialists increasingly need the inclusion of some geriatric competence in managing these patients. Geriatricians can help them with a better assessment of a patient’s condition and a more adapted handling of these patients’ vulnerabilities.