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Tech Coloproctol. 2004 Nov;8 Suppl 1:s112-5.

Colorectal cancer in patients over 70 years of age: determinants of outcome.

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1st Propedeutic Surgical Clinic, Aristotle University, AHEPA Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of this study was to evaluate operative risk factors, the mortality, morbidity and survival in old patients with colorectal cancer.

METHODS:

From 1160 patients with colorectal cancer, 398 patients aged 70 years or older, from 1970 to 2000, were followed-up. Dukes' classification, differentiation, sex, anatomical site and survival were compared with patients <70 years old.

RESULTS:

Long-term results have been proved to be similar both in young and old patients. Relative survival rate for patients aged 70-95 (70.5%) were similar to those for patients less than 70 years old (71.6%) and also comparable between male (72.3%) and female (68%) patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

Elderly patients have a lower capacity to react to postoperative complications, but the relative survival is similar to younger patients. Advanced age alone should not be used as a criterion to deny surgery for colorectal cancer.

PMID:
15655591
DOI:
10.1007/s10151-004-0128-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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