ASO Author Reflections: Eighty is the New Sixty—Breast Cancer Treatment Strategies in the Octogenarian Patient Population
As the population ages and life expectancy increases, many women are living longer, healthier lives.1 Breast cancer diagnoses are also on the rise in older populations given this longevity.2 It has been estimated that 12% of the population will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes, with women aged 65 years and over at greatest risk as increasing age is a known risk factor for the development of breast cancer. Historically, octogenarians have not been included in research studies examining oncologic therapy efficacy in robust numbers. Thus, it is challenging to know what therapies may be effective and necessary to treat breast cancer in this patient population.2,3
Ranjna Sharma has no conflicts of interest to disclose.