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Breast Care (Basel). 2012 Dec;7(6):445-51. doi: 10.1159/000345402.

Choices in surgery for older women with breast cancer.

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FY2 Surgery, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, Liverpool, England, UK.
Faculty of Medicine, Democritus University of Thrace, Athens, Greece.
Consultant Breast Oncological Surgeon, St Helens Teaching Hospital, St Helens, UK.


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Breast cancer is a major cause of mortality worldwide. As the population ages and life expectancy increases, the burden of cancer on health services will increase. Older patients with breast cancer are becoming more suitable for surgery; tailored surgical techniques and increasing healthy life expectancy alongside improved assessment of patients are aiding this trend. Surgery is also becoming a favoured treatment of personal choice for older patient with breast cancer. Evidence shows that surgery is almost always feasible for the older patient with outcomes (survival, progression, and recurrence rates) comparable to younger groups and superior to non-surgical treatments. We aim to describe the current status of surgery for the older patient with breast cancer, showing it is an option that should not be denied. Surgery should always be considered regardless of age, after evaluation of co-morbidities.


Breast cancer; Elderly; Geriatric; Oncology; Surgery

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