Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464Print version ISSN 0102-311X
FLORIANI, Ciro Augusto and SCHRAMM, Fermin Roland. Caregivers of elderly with advanced cancer: vulnerable actors. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.3, pp.527-534. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2006000300007.
Cancer presents high prevalence and mortality rates among elderly Brazilians, and family members provide meaningful care, especially during terminal illness. A literature review focused on the impact for families and the physical, psychological, social, and economic burden for family caregivers of seniors with advanced cancer, as well as related interventions. More studies are needed on family caregivers of elderly with advanced cancer in Brazil in order to develop programs to protect these important social actors.
Keywords : Caregivers; Home Nursing; Aged; Neoplasms.