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The Integration of Aging and Gender to Understand the Cancer Experience Among Older Adults 

The Integration of Aging and Gender to Understand the Cancer Experience Among Older Adults
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The Integration of Aging and Gender to Understand the Cancer Experience Among Older Adults
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Keith M. Bellizzi

, and Kate E. Dibble

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190462253.003.0008
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date: 22 February 2020

Central to understanding the experience of cancer in older adults is to recognize human behavior and the role of gender and age. The goal of this chapter is to present a general description of what is known about cancer and aging, briefly describe the literature on gender and aging, and offer suggestions for the integration of these disparate fields to answer important clinical and research questions for older adults with cancer. Analyzing gender and age in psycho-oncology studies, not as a factor to stratify on but as a lens to view and understand the cancer experience, will allow for a richer understanding of the experience of cancer in older adults.

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