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Breast cancer in the elderly—Should it be treated differently?

Petra Tesarova
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2012.05.005
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2013;18(1):26-33.

open access

Vol 18, No 1 (2013)
SpeciaI issue papers
Published online: 2013-01-01
Submitted: 2012-03-09

Abstract

Breast cancer risk increases with age and about a third of female breast cancers are diagnosed in patients aged older than 70. Breast cancer in the elderly has, however, poorer outcome with lower survival rate compared to younger subjects. This may be partly explained by the delay in diagnosis and the ‘under-treatment’ of elderly breast cancer patients. In this review I try to provide recommendations for screening, surgery, radiotherapy, (neo)adjuvant hormone treatment and chemotherapy, and also the treatment of metastatic disease. Since large randomised trials usually exclude elderly patients with breast cancer, there is still an insufficient evidence for the treatment of such patients.

Abstract

Breast cancer risk increases with age and about a third of female breast cancers are diagnosed in patients aged older than 70. Breast cancer in the elderly has, however, poorer outcome with lower survival rate compared to younger subjects. This may be partly explained by the delay in diagnosis and the ‘under-treatment’ of elderly breast cancer patients. In this review I try to provide recommendations for screening, surgery, radiotherapy, (neo)adjuvant hormone treatment and chemotherapy, and also the treatment of metastatic disease. Since large randomised trials usually exclude elderly patients with breast cancer, there is still an insufficient evidence for the treatment of such patients.

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Keywords

Breast cancer; Cancer treatment; Elderly; Old age

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Title

Breast cancer in the elderly—Should it be treated differently?

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 18, No 1 (2013)

Pages

26-33

Published online

2013-01-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2012.05.005

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2013;18(1):26-33.

Keywords

Breast cancer
Cancer treatment
Elderly
Old age

Authors

Petra Tesarova

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