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More than 60% of cancers in the United States occur in people age 65 and older. Often older adults and their families have different needs than younger adults and children. However, when it comes to older adults with cancer, age is truly just a number. Each person has a different level of health and independence and a different expectation of treatment. As a result, a person’s age should not be the only factor considered when determining options for cancer care.
This article helps older adults learn about treatment options, consider possible emotional and lifestyle changes that accompany a diagnosis, and find ways to cope with financial concerns.
Find out more about all the choices older adults have during cancer treatment and the risks and benefits of the various treatment options.
Learn how to best manage other health conditions in addition to cancer.
Find additional resources for older adults with cancer and their caregivers.