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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Older Adults With Cancer

Older Adults With Cancer

(p.7) 1 Older Adults With Cancer
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Peter Maramaldi

Jonghyun Lee

Oxford University Press

Following heart disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. The annual cancer projections published by the American Cancer Society indicated that more than 560,000 people would die of cancer in 2004; that is, approximately 1,500 people in the United States were expected to die from some form of cancer every day. During the same year, more than 1.4 million people were projected to be newly diagnosed with cancer. For many people, especially older people, cancer has taken on dimensions of a chronic disease. This chapter focuses on cancer and aging, and emphasizes that trends in prevalence and treatment are changing the perception of cancer from an inevitable terminal condition to a chronic disease that is largely age-related.

Keywords:   aging, cancer, chronic conditions, mortality, social work practice

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