A Surgeon’s Guide to Treating Older Patients With Colorectal Cancer
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Purpose of Review
Review strategies to improve outcomes of colorectal cancer treatment in older patients.
Older colorectal patients face many barriers to recovery during their initial inpatient stay following surgery and after leaving the hospital. In addition to the risk of inpatient morbidity and mortality, older patients are more likely to require post-acute care services to face nutritional deficits and to experience complications of chemoradiation.
In order to improve outcomes for older patients with colorectal cancer, it is important for surgeons to recognize their unique needs and to develop plans to address them. The involvement of a multi-disciplinary team with geriatric experience can guide planning for surgery, the immediate postoperative recovery, and long-term survivorship.
KeywordsColorectal cancer Older patients Perioperative strategies Post-acute care needs
Simon C. Lee is supported by the National Cancer Institute (grant no. R01CA203856).
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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