Journal of Cancer Epidemiology

Cancer in the Elderly

Publishing date
28 Dec 2012
Submission deadline
10 Aug 2012

Lead Editor

1Department of General Practice, Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

2Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

3Department of General Practice, Research Institute Caphri, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Cancer in the Elderly


The incidence of cancer rises among older populations, and continuous improvement in treatment outcomes is resulting in even greater increases in the prevalence of cancer survivors in this age group. The diagnosis of cancer and the treatment decisions following diagnosis at an older age bring specific challenges to health care providers. Further, living with cancer also has specific characteristics and consequences for older people.

We invite investigators to submit original research articles as well as review articles. All topics related to the epidemiology of cancer in older people will be considered for peer review. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding the role of cancer screening in the elderly
  • Differences in diagnostic pathways in the elderly compared to those in younger cancer patients and the impact, if any, of these differences on the time to diagnosis and commencement of treatment
  • Influence of age on the diagnostic accuracy of signs and symptoms or diagnostic algorithms for a diagnosis of cancer
  • Impact of age on the prevalence and incidence of comorbidity in patients with and without cancer
  • Comparative outcomes of chemotherapy regimens/radiotherapy/surgery between younger and older patients
  • Effect of comorbidity on the response to treatment in elderly patients
  • Determinants of patient suitability (physical and psychological) in the selection of appropriate therapy (e.g., chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, and nonaggressive management)
  • Impact of a cancer diagnosis (and treatment) on psychological outcomes in elderly patients compared to younger patients
  • The role of patient preferences in determining treatment strategies following a diagnosis of cancer
  • The consequences of a diagnosis of cancer and the treatment for well-being and quality of life of older cancer patients

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

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