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From The CriticsReviewer: Sara E Barnato, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This excellent reference for all primary care providers involved in the multidisciplinary care of elderly cancer patients covers all aspects of care from screening and diagnosis to treatment and supportive care.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a practical reference for primary care providers caring for elderly cancer patients. The primary care provider is often the quarterback in the multidisciplinary care of the cancer patient and, as the population ages, our primary care givers will be faced with a larger percentage of these cancer patients and survivors.
Audience: Although written for primary care providers caring for elderly cancer patients, the book also will be helpful for the nursing and other ancillary staff caring for this population.
Features: The book can be consulted for a quick review and is up to date on current topics. It is extremely valuable, especially for practitioners who have not specialized in the field of oncology. The main strength of the book is the perspective it offers, especially on treatment decisions. With an elderly patient, balancing the patient's values and goals, psychosocial support, and multiple medical problems is a necessity when determining the correct therapy. This book covers the complexity of decision making.
Assessment: This book contributes new insights into the complexity of decision-making in this population. It is a readable reference for primary care providers caring for elderly cancer patients.