Comorbidity and functional status are independent in older cancer patients.

  title={Comorbidity and functional status are independent in older cancer patients.},
  author={Martine Extermann and Janine Overcash and Gary H. Lyman and John D Parr and Lodovicco Balducci},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  volume={16 4},
PURPOSE Comorbidity is a frequent and often therapeutically limiting problem in older cancer patients. However, to date, there is no standard measure of the comorbidity burden available for these patients. We tested the performance of two comorbidity scales and their relationship with functional status. PATIENTS AND METHODS The Cumulative Illness Rating Scale-Geriatric (CIRS-G) was compared with the Charlson scale in 203 patients who received a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in our… CONTINUE READING
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