Cancer in elderly: Challenges & Barriers

Age is the greatest risk factor for developing cancer.  In fact, 60% of the people are cancer survivors 65 or older. The best treatment plan for cancer depends on general health, lifestyle, wishes, and other factors. Cancer of the elderly exhibits slower growth because their body already has a slower rate of cell development than those of young ones. However, some data show that elderly with tumors have worse prognosis because of delayed diagnosis.  Thus, the elderly should learn about the right attitude and knowledge to combat cancer. Anticancer treatments are sometimes devastating. The most feared treatment is chemotherapy, which was indicated by 58% of the sample as something deleterious, and 51% believe that the treatment could not be resisted if they would receive it. 48.3% believe that radiotherapy is dangerous. As the side effects of these treatments, 54% stated that anesthesia is a very risky procedure, and 29% indicated that vomiting due to chemotherapy is unavoidable. 29% of elderly affirmed that the treatment for cancer is worse than the disease itself, and 34% preferred not to receive any treatment in case of developing cancer.

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