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Cancer Radiother. 2009 Oct;13(6-7):609-14. doi: 10.1016/j.canrad.2009.06.009. Epub 2009 Sep 2.

[Radiation therapy in elderly patients].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Service de Radiothérapie, Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou, 75015 Paris, France.


Cancer is a disease that predominantly occurs in older patients who represent a quarter of the population in western countries. Numerous types of cancer are observed in elderly people. Radiotherapy is one of the most powerful treatment against cancer. Most of published studies have demonstrated feasibility of radiotherapy in curative or palliative intent whatever cancer types are considered. Complete geriatric assessment and a multidisciplinary approach are the key points. The purpose of this review is to highlight sights of radiation oncology specifically related to aging. Particular emphasis is placed on logistic and technical aspects of radiation, as dose, irradiated volume and fractionation.

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