Overprotective caregivers of elderly cancer patients: A case report

Department of Medical Oncology, Azienda Ospedaliera, Istituto Oncologico Veneto, Padua, Italy.
Tumori (Impact Factor: 1.27). 07/2006; 92(4):362-3.
Source: PubMed


The essential role of the caregiver in the management of elderly cancer patients is still poorly documented. This case report concerns a woman with metastatic lung carcinoma who was sincerely informed and successfully treated with chemotherapy and gefitinib only after gaining the trust of her overprotective daughter. Devoting time to the relatives represents a key element to create a communicative and efficient relationship with older cancer patients.

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