Colorectal Cancer in Elderly Patients: Considerations in Treatment and Management

  • Carrie Y. Peterson
  • Jaqueline Blank
  • Kirk LudwigEmail author
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America’s population is aging, and the number over the age of 80 will double by the year 2050. This, combined with the fact that colorectal cancer is a common malignancy, with an increasing incidence with age, explains why treating the elderly patient with colorectal cancer is becoming increasingly commonplace. This chapter focuses on how the disease may present differently in elderly patients; how the risks of treatment and surgery can be assessed and used to guide treatment decisions; how various aspects of colorectal cancer treatment may be different, or the same, for geriatric patients; and finally, how outcomes in the perioperative period can be optimized by choices in surgical technique and perioperative care. Caring for these elderly patients requires considerable skill and judgment that takes into consideration their comorbidities, the various options for treatment, and a global understanding of how the risk and benefit equation works for the various treatments such that appropriate care is rendered to optimize short-term outcomes balanced with the desire to achieve good long-term cancer control.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carrie Y. Peterson
    • 1
  • Jaqueline Blank
    • 2
  • Kirk Ludwig
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Colorectal SurgeryMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jason Johanning
    • 1
  • Sandhya Lagoo-Deenadayalan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA
  2. 2.Duke MedicineDurhamUSA

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