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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Arlenda C Thompson, BSN (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This book offers guidance to older adult patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and their family members. It offers a preview of what to expect with this diagnosis in this population, as well as the treatment course.
Purpose: The purpose is to help readers "understand how cancer and age affect each other, so that you can make better treatment decisions for yourself or help an aging family member or friend to do so." This is one in a series of cancer guides, and the authors encourage readers to use it along with other books specific to the patient's cancer.
Audience: It is intended for the lay public, both cancer patients and their loved ones, but it also could be a good resource for those involved in the care of patients to help them explain the cancer, diagnosis, treatment, and potential outcomes.
Features: The book explains the differences in cancers, medications, health, and support in this population compared to that of patients under the age of 65. The explanation of how cancers act in the older patient, both good and bad, is very thorough, as is the discussion of how the usual adjuvant therapies behave differently in this population. The section on cancer resources will be very valuable to this audience. The glossary and index are both concise and thorough.
Assessment: This is a valuable offering. It singles out the population of older adults with cancer and concentrates on their specific needs and concerns.