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by Brenda Bell
Yesterday, the 90-year-old Mother-Out-Law was scheduled for a mammogram. FOR REALZ. The 56-year-old caregiver didn't see the irony:  "Ninety-year-olds can get breast cancer, too." Yes, but can most 90-year-olds survive radiation and chemo? Particularly 90-year-olds with severe joint degradation, who are blind from macular degeneration, and can't see or feel well enough to feed themselves properly? When the standards of care for a younger, mostly healthy person are...
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    Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, M.D., 04/08