ecancermedicalscience is an open access cancer journal focused on under-resourced communities. In order to help reduce global inequalities in cancer care and treatment, we provide free access to all articles from the point of publication and we only charge authors who have specific funding to cover publication costs.
The journal considers articles on all aspects of research relating to cancer, including molecular biology, genetics, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical reports, controlled trials (in particular if they are independent or publicly funded trials), health systems, cancer policy and regulatory aspects of cancer care.
This special issue covers different aspects of the care of older adults with cancer, who have always been under-represented in clinical trials, limiting the external validity of guidelines and evidence-based recommendations. There is a substantial knowledge gap supporting treatment decisions in this age group and the five articles in this issue make important contributions to the evidence base on geriatric oncology across a range of countries.
Topics include the role of various National Health Service (NHS) initiatives in the UK aimed at this population to the epidemiology of cancer in older adults and the specific challenges for implementing geriatric oncology care in Mexico. The many recent advances in this field suggest that the time is now to implement the principles of geriatrics to the routine care of older adults with cancer and to maximise their inclusion in clinical trials.Read the full editorial
Watch Dr Nicolò Battisti discuss the topics included in this special issue.