Believing is seeing

A new parameter to study cancer prevention and cancer treatment in older individuals


  • Lodovico Balducci M.D.

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    1. Senior Adult Oncology Program, Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology, University of South Florida College of Medicine and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida
    • Senior Adult Oncology Program, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612-9416
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  • See referenced original article on pages 1085–94, this issue.


Health beliefs play an important role in the implementation of cancer prevention and treatment, and health beliefs may differ between older patients and younger patients. In their report in this issue, Clipp et al. make the case for assessing health beliefs in future clinical trials and correlating these beliefs with treatment outcome.

See also pages 1085–94, this issue.