Dr. A. Wiedemann (Principle Investigator FUB, FB Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie)
Prof. Dr. U. Keilholz (Principle Investigator CUB, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Med. Klinik m. S. Hämatologie, Onkologie und Tumorimmunologie)
Collaborating Researchers: Prof. Dr. C. Kloft (FUB) et al.
To improve cancer care, individualized treatment goals and outcomes need to be considered, and will likely be age-dependent. To inform age-adjusted care, studies with individuals with carcinomas of the head/neck or the uterine cervix will consider a) disease pathology by evaluating relationships between age-dependent exposure to causative agents and the genetic makeup of cancers, b) patients’ treatment goals/adherence and their relation to goal priorities under limited future time perspectives in older age, and c) coping resources, i.e. age-related changes in social networks and strategies to secure meaningful relationships.