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MONTORO-LORITE, Mercedes; CANALIAS-REVERTER, Montserrat; VALVERDE-BOSCH, Montserrat  y  FONT-RITORT, Sergi. Role of the nurse in the elderly with cancer. Bibliographic review. Gerokomos [online]. 2020, vol.31, n.3, pp.158-165.  Epub 28-Dic-2020. ISSN 1134-928X.

The increase in the incidence and prevalence of carcinogenic processes in the elderly represents a new challenge for health and social policies. This article reflects on the need for a comprehensive, integrated and multidimensional care model for the care of the elderly with cancer and his family. The main objective is to identify, compile, analyse and synthesize the most current and relevant scientific literature on the roles and/or role of the nurse in the care of the elderly person with cancer.

Material and method:

a bibliographic review was made in PubMed (Medline), Cochrane Library Plus, Dialnet and ScienceDirect® (Elsevier) between January 2007 and December 2017 of the literature on the functions and/or roles of the nurse in the care of the elderly with cancer. The studies were selected by peer reviewers independently using the PRISMA instrument.


Twenty-eight studies that met the inclusion criteria were identified. All the revised literature recommends the development and implementation of individualized care programs as the main pillar of care for the elderly with cancer. In them, nurses play a key role in the management and coordination throughout the entire care process.


The model of the care of the elderly with cancer must cover the whole process of attention: prevention, early detection, evaluation, treatment, education and research. The role of the nurse is essential as a manager, coordinator, educator and caregiver in the care of the elderly with cancer.

Palabras clave : Geriatric Assessment; Oncology nursing.

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