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Rev Mal Respir. 2010 May;27(5):421-30. doi: 10.1016/j.rmr.2010.02.013. Epub 2010 Mar 25.

[Management and outcome of French elderly patients with lung cancer: an IFCT survey].

[Article in French]

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Service de pneumologie, nouvel hôpital civil, hôpitaux universitaires, université de Strasbourg, 1, place de l'hôpital, 67091 Strasbourg cedex, France. Elisabeth.Quoix@chru-strasbourg.fr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Lung cancer in the elderly is considerably increasing in frequency, representing a public health issue. Those patients are underrepresented in clinical trials and probably not optimally treated.

METHODS:

We performed a survey of the management and the outcome of lung cancer patients aged 70 and more in France between August 2002 and September 2003 according to age categories (70-74, 75-79 and > or =80 years). One thousand six hundred and twenty-seven patients were analysed for descriptive data and 1595 for survival.

RESULTS:

Median age was 75 (70-96) and male:female ratio was 4.26 with a decrease across the age categories from 5.1 to 3.0. Tobacco-linked comorbidities were frequent. The median value of Charlson's index was 2. About 58% had a performance status (PS) 0 or 1, 30% a PS 2 and 12% a PS>2. The proportion of never-smokers (11.6%) increased significantly with age categories. Regarding imaging procedures, as much as 83.3% of the patients had at least a chest CT-scan and a brain CT-scan (or MRI) and an abdominal ultrasound or CT-scan. Best Supportive Care (BSC) as only treatment was administered to 16.1% of the patients. Among patients specifically treated, 22.9% were operated, 21.8% received mediastinal irradiation and 71.5% chemotherapy. Overall, median survival time was 9.14 months with 23.5% deaths occurring before 3 months. Low category of age, good PS, non-smoking and high body mass index (BMI) were favorable independent prognostic factors of survival. Age, PS and tobacco smoking were prognostic of early death.

CONCLUSIONS:

A large majority of elderly lung cancer patients in France are managed like younger counterparts regarding diagnostic procedures and treatment. Age remains an independent prognostic factor as well for overall survival as for early death.

PMID:
20569874
DOI:
10.1016/j.rmr.2010.02.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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