Cancer, Comorbidities, and Health-Related Quality of Life of Older Adults

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					Cancer, Comorbidities, and Health­Related Quality of Life of 

                       Older Adults

       Ashley Wilder Smith, Ph.D., M.P.H., Bryce B. Reeve, Ph.D., Keith M. Bellizzi, Ph.D., M.P.H., 

Linda C. Harlan, Ph.D., Carrie N. Klabunde, Ph.D., Marni Amsellem, Ph.D., Arlene S. Bierman, M.D., M.S., 

                                         and Ron D. Hays, Ph.D.




   This study examined the physical and                             Prevention, 2007). An individual reach­
mental health of 126,685 males and females                          ing age 65 today could expect to live an
age 65 or over, with and without cancer that                        additional 17.9 years, and older adults are
completed a Medicare Health Outcomes                                increasingly concerned with th
				
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Description: This study examined the physical and mental health of 126,685 males and females age 65 or over, with and without cancer that completed a Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS) between 1998-2002. Cancer information was ascertained through the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program and linked to MHOS data. Results indicated that across most cancer types, cancer patients reported significantly more comorbid conditions and poorer physical and mental health compared with patients without cancer. Negative associations were most pronounced in those with two or more comorbidities and in those diagnosed with cancer within the past year. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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