Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 269–282

Colorectal Cancer of the Elderly

Geriatrics (S Katz, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11938-014-0021-z

Cite this article as:
Day, L.W. & Velayos, F. Curr Treat Options Gastro (2014) 12: 269. doi:10.1007/s11938-014-0021-z

Opinion statement

Colorectal cancer (CRC) disproportionately affects the elderly. Older age is a strong risk factor for both the development of precancerous adenomas and CRC, thus raising the issue of screening and surveillance in older patients. However, screening and surveillance decisions in the elderly can be complex and challenging. Elderly patients are a diverse and heterogeneous group and special considerations such as co-morbid medical conditions, functional status, and cognitive ability play a role in one’s decisions regarding the utility of screening and surveillance. Such considerations also play a role in factors related to screening modalities, such as colonoscopy, as well as CRC treatment options and regimens. This review addresses many of the unique factors associated with CRC of the elderly and critically examines many of the controversies and challenges surrounding CRC in older patients.


Colorectal cancer Colonoscopy Screening Surveillance Elderly Very elderly Adverse events Endoscopy Quality 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Gastroenterology, Department of MedicineSan Francisco General Hospital and Trauma CenterSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Division of Gastroenterology, Department of MedicineUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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