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Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2003 May;46(2):115-20.

Anesthesia for breast cancer surgery in the elderly.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Beaujon Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, University of Paris 7, 100 Bvd du Général Leclerc, 92110 Clichy, France.


Anesthesia for breast cancer surgery in the elderly requires a specific approach, taking into account physiological and psychological alterations secondary to aging. Breast surgery is a low specific risk surgery, and perioperative risk is mainly dependent of the presence and severity of co-morbidity. It may be reduced by careful evaluation and stabilization of concurrent diseases, at best done through a multidisciplinary approach. In view of anesthetic technique adjustment to medical condition, most geriatric patients may undergo breast cancer surgery with a low incidence of perioperative complications.

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