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Cancer Radiother. 2008 Nov;12(6-7):548-53. doi: 10.1016/j.canrad.2008.07.002. Epub 2008 Aug 8.

[Radiation therapy in elderly patients].

[Article in French]

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Service de radiothérapie, hôpital européen Georges-Pompidou, 20, rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris, France. catherine.durdux@egp.aphp.fr

Abstract

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. Special techniques are also reviewed that have particular relevance to the treatment of the elderly.

PMID:
18691927
DOI:
10.1016/j.canrad.2008.07.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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