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The Integration of Aging and Gender to Understand the Cancer Experience Among Older Adults

Keith M. Bellizzi and Kate E. Dibble

in Gender in Psycho-Oncology

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Published in print March 2018 | ISBN: 9780190462253
Published online April 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190462284 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780190462253.003.0008
The Integration of Aging and Gender to Understand the Cancer Experience Among Older Adults

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Central to understanding the experience of cancer in older adults is to recognize human behavior and the role of gender and age. The goal of this chapter is to present a general description of what is known about cancer and aging, briefly describe the literature on gender and aging, and offer suggestions for the integration of these disparate fields to answer important clinical and research questions for older adults with cancer. Analyzing gender and age in psycho-oncology studies, not as a factor to stratify on but as a lens to view and understand the cancer experience, will allow for a richer understanding of the experience of cancer in older adults.

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Subjects: Psychosocial Interventions and Psychotherapy ; Radiation Oncology ; Patient Care and End-of-Life Decision Making

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