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Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1871-5206
ISSN (Online): 1875-5992

Is Effective and Safe a Radiochemotherapy Approach in Elderly Cancer Patients? A Review

Author(s): Francesco Fiorica, Antonio Zanghì, Giuliana Pascale, Otilia Nuta, Lino Del Pup, Antonio Stefanelli and Francesco Cartei

Volume 13 , Issue 9 , 2013

Page: [1430 - 1437] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/18715206113136660354

Price: $65


Although more than 60% of all cancer patients in Europe and the USA are older than 65 years at the time of diagnosis, elderly patients are generally under-represented in clinical trials. A general consensus on how to treat elderly patients is still far from being achieved.

In this review, we address some of the issues and challenges surrounding the treatment of older cancer patients and radiochemotherapy. We discuss the existing evidence related to radiochemotherapy in the elderly, focusing primarily on the malignancies most commonly seen in older patients and making general treatment recommendations where applicable.

Keywords: Radiochemotherapy, elderly patients, geriatric oncology, clinical trials.

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