Naturopathic Considerations in Supporting Older Adults with Cancer
When supporting the older adult with cancer, it is essential to account for the unique concerns within this population beyond cancer type and stage. Common concerns in this population include numerous comorbidities, polypharmacy, nutritional status, treatment tolerance, pain management and quality of life. A comprehensive geriatric assessment is essential for elucidating salient concerns among older adults with cancer as it reduces the risk of treatment toxicities and improves treatment outcomes. Using the results of geriatric assessments, naturopathic doctors can recommend therapies to optimize quality of life and prognosis, specifically in the older adult population with cancer.
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