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Eur J Cancer. 2004 May;40(7):926-38.

The surgical management of elderly cancer patients; recommendations of the SIOG surgical task force.

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University of Liverpool, Whiston Hospital, Prescot, UK.


Although cancer in the elderly is extremely common, few health professionals in oncology are familiar with caring for series of oncogeriatric patients. Surgery is at present the first choice, but is frequently delivered suboptimally: under-treatment is justified by concerns about unsustainable toxicity, whilst over-treatment is explained by the lack of knowledge in optimising preoperative risk assessment. This article summarises the point of view of the Surgical Task Force @ SIOG (International Society for Geriatric Oncology), pointing out differences from, and similarities to, the younger cohorts of cancer patients, and highlighting the latest updates and trends specifically related to senior cancer patients.

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