Treatment of cancer in older patients

Programme stream(s): Living with and beyond cancer , Treatment
Programme session type(s): Parallel session

Chair: Kieran Horgan, St James’s University Hospital/ University of Leeds
Speaker: Yasmin Jauhari, Royal College of Surgeons
Speaker: Nicolo Battisti, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Speaker: Tania Kalsi, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Speaker: Matt Seymour, NIHR and NCRI

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Room: Alsh

Over 60% of cancer diagnoses are made in patients over 65 and this percentage is expected to grow.
Treatment of cancer in older patients is complicated by multimorbidity, frailty, polypharmacy, reduced social support and changes in pharmacokinetics and dynamics.
This session will to explore a range of issues relating to cancer care in older patients including the growing size of the problem, the ageing process in terms of the biology of ageing, the impact on treatment pathways across all cancer types (poor outcomes, increased adverse events, health service costs and bed blocking, late diagnosis) and how to optimise care in this age group.