Survivorship issues in older breast cancer survivors

Steven Scott Coughlin, Raheem J. Paxton, Nicole M Moore, Jessica Lynn Stewart, Judith Camele Anglin

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Purpose: Almost half of breast cancer survivors are aged ≥ 65 years and the proportion is likely to increase due to the aging of the population. The objectives of this article were to review studies of health outcomes among older breast cancer survivors ≥ 65 years to identify gaps in the published literature and offer suggestions for future research. Methods: The present review is based upon bibliographic searches in PubMed and CINAHL and relevant search terms. Articles published in English from January 1, 1970 through October 1, 2018 were identified using the following MeSH search terms and Boolean algebra commands. Results: This review has revealed that older breast cancer survivors cope with health issues related to cancer treatment and the aging process, including comorbidities, osteoporosis, symptoms, physical functioning, cognitive functioning, nutrition, and physical activity. Conclusions: Additional research is needed to examine therapeutic interventions to address the health conditions older breast cancer survivors are coping with. Particular focus of further research should be on the nutritional status and physical activity levels of older breast cancer survivors. Individualized nutrition plans and tailored physical activity programs for older survivors are needed that meet people where they are and that form habits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalBreast Cancer Research and Treatment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 28 2019


  • Breast cancer survivors
  • Cognition
  • Comorbidity
  • Diet
  • Nutrition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Physical activity
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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