Management of Colorectal Cancer in Older Adults.

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Management of Colorectal Cancer in Older Adults.

Clin Geriatr Med. 2016 Feb;32(1):97-111

Authors: Hubbard JM

Treatment for colorectal cancer should not be based on age alone. Pooled analyses from clinical trials show that fit older adults are able to tolerate treatment well with similar efficacy as younger adults. When an older adult is considered for treatment, the clinical encounter must evaluate for deficits in physical and cognitive function, and assess comorbidities, medications, and the degree of social support, all which have may affect tolerance of treatment. Based on the degree of fitness of the patient, multiple alternatives to aggressive treatment regimens and strategies exist to minimize toxicity and preserve quality of life during treatment.

PMID: 26614863 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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