1472P - What Moroccan cancer elderly patients want to know

Date 01 October 2012
Event ESMO Congress 2012
Session Poster presentation III
Topics Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer
Geriatric Oncology
Patient Education and Advocacy
Presenter Soundouss Raissouni
Authors S. Raissouni1, S. Lkoyaali2, G. Rais2, M. Aitelhaj3, H. Mouzount2, H. Mrabti2, H. Errihani1
  • 1natiolnal institute of oncology, 10000 - rabat/MA
  • 2Medical Oncology, natiolnal institute of oncology, 10000 - rabat/MA
  • 3Medical Oncology, INO, 100000 - rabat/MA



Announcing cancer to a patient is not a simple task. Usually doctors fail to inform patients about this diagnosis and this is still more likely in older people. The need of information in elderly cancer patients is not well established. In developed countries the majority of old patients demand exhaustive information about their disease. However in developing countries where social and cultural issues are different, perception of cancer in the elderly is not well studied. Therefore we conducted a prospective study on the needs of elderly Moroccan cancer patients for information about their disease.


This was a prospective descriptive study, conducted in the National Institute of Oncology of Morocco (December 2010-September 2011). Cancer patients older than 70 were included. A questionnaire was given to participants. Demographics, disease characteristics, social and economic features were recorded. Informed consent was required.


150 patients responded to the questionnaire. Mean age was 73. Men to woman sex-ratio 0.85. 72.7% of patients were diagnosed in advanced stages. Illiteracy was found in 76%. 87.3% of patients did not have health insurance. All patients were Muslim, practicing in 97%. 57% ignored diagnosis. 80% didn't want to know further information about prognosis and treatment side effects. Family protection from information was found in 70%.


Elderly Moroccans affected with cancer are less demanding of details about their illness. Illiteracy and cultural background may play major roles in this. Protection by relatives is also an influence. Comparative studies with young patients are needed.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.