Falls history, balance and life quality in older cancer survivors

15/08/2014

Source: Gait and Posture, 2014, Vol 40 no 3 p. 451-456

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Older cancer survivors may be predisposed to falls because of sequelae associated with cancer and its treatments. This study examined the association between fall history, balance and quality of life in community-dwelling older cancer patients who had completed primary cancer treatments. The results showed that falls are a significant problem in older cancer survivors and balance control is a determinant of perceived physical function and wellbeing. Older cancer survivors reporting a poor quality of life may have a higher risk of falling. Future research is needed to examine risk factors and interventions.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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