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Vol 3, No 1 (2007)
Review paper
Published online: 2007-01-12
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Breast cancer therapy in elderly

Aleksandra Łacko, Rafał Matkowski
Onkol. Prak. Klin 2007;3(1):16-22.

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Vol 3, No 1 (2007)
REVIEW ARTICLES
Published online: 2007-01-12

Abstract

Currently, almost 50% of all breast cancer occur in women older than 65 years of age. In comparison to younger women, mortality in elderly patients is higher. The situation may be explained by late diagnosis, comorbidities which significantly limit treatment options, but also non-cancer specific morbidity and mortality. It has been observed that elderly women are often treated suboptimally, even if radical treatment is indicated. Results of clinical and observational studies provide convincing evidence that older patient may benefit from antineoplastic therapy. While discussing possible treatment options, it seems reasonable to consider individually assessed risk of adverse effects, magnitude of benefits with regard to life expectancy and patient’s preferences.

Abstract

Currently, almost 50% of all breast cancer occur in women older than 65 years of age. In comparison to younger women, mortality in elderly patients is higher. The situation may be explained by late diagnosis, comorbidities which significantly limit treatment options, but also non-cancer specific morbidity and mortality. It has been observed that elderly women are often treated suboptimally, even if radical treatment is indicated. Results of clinical and observational studies provide convincing evidence that older patient may benefit from antineoplastic therapy. While discussing possible treatment options, it seems reasonable to consider individually assessed risk of adverse effects, magnitude of benefits with regard to life expectancy and patient’s preferences.
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Keywords

breast cancer; elderly patients; anticancer treatment

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Title

Breast cancer therapy in elderly

Journal

Oncology in Clinical Practice

Issue

Vol 3, No 1 (2007)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

16-22

Published online

2007-01-12

Bibliographic record

Onkol. Prak. Klin 2007;3(1):16-22.

Keywords

breast cancer
elderly patients
anticancer treatment

Authors

Aleksandra Łacko
Rafał Matkowski

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