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J Am Geriatr Soc. 1985 Sep;33(9):585-9.

Relationship between age at diagnosis and treatments received by cancer patients.


Increases in cancer incidence and mortality reflect the larger numbers of elderly in the population. Using a mortality sample of 1891 biopsy-confirmed cancer patients, analyses reveal older breast, prostate, and cervical-uterine cancer victims were more likely to be diagnosed with metastases. Logistic regression analyses of subsamples of breast (N = 224), lung (N = 513), and colorectal (N = 299) cancer patients indicate that age is significantly inversely related to receipt of both subsequent chemotherapy and radiation therapy, controlling for stage of disease and presence of co-morbid disease. Exceptions to this relationship are the use of radiation therapy among nonmetastatic lung cancer patients and all breast cancer patients. The implications of these findings for current cancer control programs are discussed.

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