Breast Cancer Patients in Nursing Homes Experience Worse Mortality Rates, Functional Declines After Surgery, Study Finds

Breast Cancer Patients in Nursing Homes Experience Worse Mortality Rates, Functional Declines After Surgery, Study Finds
Older women with breast cancer who live in nursing homes experience worse mortality rates and functional declines after cancer surgery, suggesting they should consider other methods of treatment, according to researchers. Their study, “Functional Status and Survival After Breast Cancer Surgery in Nursing Home Residents,” was published in the journal JAMA Surgery. Breast cancer surgery is very common among residents of nursing homes. In fact, it makes up 61% of all procedures that are performed on those who live in nursing homes. However, most breast cancer clinical trials have excluded women that are older, frail, and cognitively impaired, leading to uncertainty regarding treatment outcomes in these patients. While surgery is the standard treatment for this disease, some studies have shown that care for older individuals undergoing treatment should be more individualized. “Surgery often cures the cancer, but can have a negative impact on elderly patients’ everyday activities and worsen their quality of life,” lead author Victoria Tang, MD, said in a press release. Tang is assistant professor of geriatrics and of hospital medicine at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the affiliated San Francisco VA Health Care System. To better understand the factors that contribute to treat
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