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Best care for the oldest lung cancer patients
Date:4/28/2010

ists have noticed that incidence of and death from lung cancer among women aged 50 and below has actually decreased. However, for women aged 70 and older these have increased. For men, mortality has been decreasing for all age groups except among men aged 70-74, where it has leveled off.

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the world and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in western countries. NSCLC constitutes between 80% and 85% of all lung cancers. Elderly cancer patients often present with medical and physiological challenges that make the selection of their optimal treatment daunting for oncologists. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), the elderly are sorely underrepresented in clinical trials, even though most phase II and III trials now have no upper age limit.

"Elderly-specific trials provide quality care in the elderly, particularly among the oldest of the old," says Gridelli. "This patient population is at risk of both empirical under treatment resulting in poor survival or excessive toxicity from standard therapy."

The authors are continuing to conduct and publish their prospective trials of a number of lung cancer treatments on elderly patients, to ensure that the data is available for oncologists to make the best choices for their oldest patients in years to come.


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Contact: Jayne Fairley
jayne.fairley@sagepub.co.uk
020-732-48719
SAGE Publications UK
Source:Eurekalert

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