Clin Oncol | Volume 3, Issue 1 | Research Article | Open Access

Approach and Management for Treatment of Elderly Cancer Patients in Japan: Current Status and Future Prospects

Yukari Tsubata and Takeshi Isobe*

Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology and Respiratory Medicine, Shimane University, Japan

*Correspondance to: Takeshi Isobe 

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Abstract

Aging of the population is progressing more in Japan than any other country in the world, necessitating that all cancer-treating physicians be geriatric oncologists. Currently in Japan, cancertreating physicians and medical staff have taken a growing interest in the treatment management of elderly cancer patients; however, the following problems exist: GA tools have not become widespread throughout Japan; the number of geriatricians specializing in cancer treatment is extremely small; and an education system for geriatric oncology has not been established. In order to overcome these problems, efforts to spread GA tools and establish an education system have just been initiated in Japan. We anticipate that these activities will become more widespread and precision medicine for elderly cancer patients involving treatment tailored to each individual patient will be further promoted.

Keywords:

Geriatric oncology; Geriatric assessment

Citation:

Tsubata Y, Isobe T. Approach and Management for Treatment of Elderly Cancer Patients in Japan: Current Status and Future Prospects. Clin Oncol. 2018; 3: 1472.

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