Published On: Wed, May 11th, 2016

Cancer has negative impacts on olders



Cancer can have a negative effect on both the physical and mental health of people when they are old, a new research study points out, signifying that cancer boosts the danger for particular health problems above and beyond normal ageing.

It can be partial because of reduced physical movements and anxiety connected with diagnosis and treatment.

The results illustrated that cancer patients established higher declines in activities of everyday living and physical task, with the utmost alteration accruing in lung cancer patients.

Corinne Leach who is the lead researcher of the study from the American Cancer Society in the US stated that “Decreased physical functioning among older cancer patients compared with older adults without cancer is an important finding for clinicians because it is also actionable,”

Moreover, having a cancer diagnosis elevated danger for despair in the old age. Though, it did not boost the probability of growing arthritis, incontinence (except for prostate cancer) or vision/hearing issues.

To conduct the study, which was cited online in the journal CANCER, the team analyzed cancer registry data that were associated with Medicare surveys and involved 921 patients with a breast, colorectal, lung or prostate cancer diagnosis. These patients were matched to 4605 controls devoid of cancer.

Leach further added that “This prospective analysis used a propensity score matched control group to cancer cases that enabled us to tease apart the effects of cancer and ageing in a novel way,”

As the populace of older adults increases, it is more and more significant for clinicians to recognize the exclusive impact of cancer on the health of individuals when they go older. Leach continued as “Clinicians need to prepare patients and families for this change in functioning levels and provide interventions that preserve physical function to limit the declines for older cancer patients,”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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