The management of cancer in the elderly

F Ashkanani, S D Heys, O Eremin

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Abstract

The treatment of elderly patients with cancer requires a multidisciplinary approach if optimal locoregional control of disease and survival are to be achieved. Wherever possible, the surgical, radiotherapeutic and chemotherapeutic regimens given to elderly patients with cancer should be comparable with those currently used for the treatment of younger patients with cancer. However, the morbidity (physical and psychological) of therapy must be evaluated against the likely benefits to ensure that elderly patients with cancer receive both optimal management and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Volume44
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Keywords

  • cancer
  • elderly
  • risk factors
  • cognition
  • surgery
  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy
  • nutrition
  • LOCALIZED PROSTATE-CANCER
  • BREAST-CANCER
  • TREATMENT DECISIONS
  • WEEKLY IRRADIATION
  • SURGICAL PATIENT
  • CLINICAL ASPECTS
  • OPERATIVE RISK
  • CO-MORBIDITY
  • FOLLOW-UP
  • AGE

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Ashkanani, F., Heys, S. D., & Eremin, O. (1999). The management of cancer in the elderly. Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 44, 210.