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Renal and Bladder Neoplasms in the Elderly

  • Daniel B. Rukstalis
  • David M. Hoenig
  • Bruce J. Giantonio

Abstract

One of the most profound events facing medicine today is the aging of the world’s population. A triumph for the industrialized societies’ efforts in nutrition, sanitation, and disease control, the “graying” of the population also represents a significant challenge for the effective utilization of medical resources. As preventive and therapeutic interventions succeed in reducing mortality from cardiovascular disorders, various other age-related disorders, such as cancer, are expected to increase in incidence. This phenomenon is associated with the observation that morbidity is compressed, or concentrated, in a reduced number of years late in life.1 As a result, patients and their physicians will be increasingly faced with one of two possible scenarios. One clinical circumstance involves the appearance of a malignancy in an elderly individual in otherwise good health. In this circumstance an age bias against curative therapy may be unwarranted.

Keywords

Renal Cell Carcinoma Bladder Cancer Partial Nephrectomy Bladder Neoplasm Radical Cystectomy 
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  • Daniel B. Rukstalis
  • David M. Hoenig
  • Bruce J. Giantonio

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