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Poster display session

1111 - Loneliness and Cognitive dysfunction in Elderly Cancer Patients

Date

10 Sep 2017

Session

Poster display session

Topics

Cancers in Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA);  Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer;  Geriatric Oncology;  Supportive and Palliative Care

Presenters

Ali Alkan

Citation

Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_5): v507-v510. 10.1093/annonc/mdx384

Authors

A. Alkan1, H. Selvi Öztorun2, E. Karcı3, G. Tuncay4, A. Yaşar3, E. Çınar2, Y. Ürün3, S. Aras2, M. Varlı2, F. Çay Şenler3

Author affiliations

  • 1 Medical Oncology, Osmaniye Public Hospital, 80000 - Osmaniye/TR
  • 2 Geriatrics, Ankara University School of Medicine, 06590 - Ankara/TR
  • 3 Medical Oncology, Ankara University School of Medicine, 06590 - Ankara/TR
  • 4 Internal Medicine, Ankara University School of Medicine, 06590 - Ankara/TR
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Abstract 1111

Background

The number of geriatric cancer patients is progressively increasing. The evaluation of cognitive functions is important. Loneliness is an emotional experience that results from unmet personal or social requirements. The association between loneliness and cognitive dysfunction has been well documented in elderly patients. However, there is no data in elderly cancer patients. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the association between loneliness and cognitive dysfunction in geriatric cancer patients.

Methods

Patients, more than 65 years of age, in departments of medical oncology and geriatrics were included. Patients were evaluated with structured questionnaires to define sociodemographic and clinical characteristics. In addition, patients were tested with multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (PSC), UCLA loneliness Scale (ULS), standardized mini mental state examination (SMMSE), Clock drawing test and geriatric depression scale (GDS).

Results

314 elderly patients (214 with a diagnosis of cancer and 120 without cancer) were evaluated. Scores of PSC, ULS, SMMSE were higher in patients without cancer. Median score of GDS in cancer patients was higher than non-cancer patients (4 vs 2, p 

Conclusions

In elderly cancer patients, cognitive functions are negatively effected by increased loneliness. However, the association between cancer diagnosis, loneliness and cognitive dysfunction couldn’t be demonstrated in multivariate analysis.

Clinical trial identification

Legal entity responsible for the study

Ali Alkan

Funding

None

Disclosure

All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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