Original Publication Date: 1 September, 2016
Publication / Source: International Journal of Hematologic Oncology
Authors: Peter J Gilbar, Howard Mutsando, Joshua P Richmond & Ronald B Middleton
Limited data are available on the treatment of older adults with cancer. Comorbidities may preclude the administration of effective therapies, particularly in the extreme elderly. Comprehensive geriatric assessment can identify specific weaknesses of the patient and predict unexpected toxicities, thus enabling an optimized treatment strategy in this population. We report a case of the successful management of a 99-year-old female lymphoma patient with a strong wish for active treatment to improve quality of life and prolong survival past her 100th birthday.