Frailty in Hematologic Malignancy

Thuy T. Koll, Ashley E. Rosko

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Purpose of Review: Older adults with hematologic malignancy are a growing demographic. Estimating risk of chemotherapy toxicity based on age alone is an unreliable estimate of quality of life, functional capacity, or risk of treatment complications. Recent Findings: Dedicated geriatric assessment tools can aid the clinician in identifying geriatric syndromes such as frailty, resulting in improved prognostication to decrease morbidity and mortality. Frailty is not synonymous with individual performance status and is dynamic. Summary: Establishing the patient goals, values, and preferences is central to the consideration of malignant hematology decision process. Careful considerations of available data on the patient’s prognosis based on estimated life expectancy, geriatric assessment data, and age-specific cancer mortality, with and without treatment, can reconcile the risks and benefits. Assessments of frailty can aid the clinical feasibility and burden of the treatment to the patient and family in the context of each patient’s unique needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-154
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Hematologic Malignancy Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • Frailty
  • Geriatric assessment
  • Hematologic malignancy
  • Older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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