Colorectal Cancer‐Related Health Worries and Functional Limitations among Older Adult, Long‐Term Cancer Survivors

Rukhsana Kausar, Abier Javaid, Sidra Khan

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Cancer and aging are associated with functional limitations; however, the reasons for these limitations are unknown. The purpose of this study was to examine potential reasons of functional limitations among older long-term colorectal cancer survivors using a newly developed assessment tool, the Physical Function Perception Scale (PFPS).The particular reasons for functional limitations are currently unknown for older long-term colorectal cancer survivors. To provide the best preventative and rehabilitative care, however, it is necessary to understand these reasons. Therefore, the ability to identify modifiable reasons (e.g., pain, balance problems, fatigue) of functional limitations could have important implications for improving long-term outcomes in older cancer survivors (Bennett et al., 2002; Leville et al, 2004; Whitson et al, 2009). Although a number of valid assessment tools are available, a valid self-report assessment tool that allows individuals to identify the reasons for their functional limitations is currently not available.


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Colorectal Cancer, Functional Limitations, Older Adult, Long‐Term Cancer Survivors

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