Adjuvant Therapy of Colorectal Cancer in Older People

  • Aimery de GramontEmail author
  • Leila Bengrine-Lefevre
  • May Mabro
  • Elisabeth Carola


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the fourth cause of cancer deaths. More than one-third of colon cancers are stage III at presentation; their 5-year relative survival is 69 %.

Among the high-incidence cancers, CRC has the highest median age at presentation. Thus, the administration of adjuvant therapy after curative surgery for elderly patients remains a burning question in daily practice.

In the adjuvant setting, while there is an advantage in relapse-free survival with adjuvant therapy, there is no evidence-based survival benefit for adjuvant therapy due to confounding non-cancer-related deaths. However, with an optimal and careful management of relapses or second cancers, a survival benefit with adjuvant therapy is possible in some elderly patients. The use of a comprehensive geriatric assessment is strongly recommended to evaluate chemotherapy appropriateness. Elderly patients with good physical condition are able to receive combination therapy in a similar fashion to younger patients.


Colorectal cancer Elderly Stage III Adjuvant chemotherapy Fluoropyrimidines Oxaliplatin Older patients Recurrence Survival 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aimery de Gramont
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Leila Bengrine-Lefevre
    • 3
  • May Mabro
    • 4
  • Elisabeth Carola
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Medical OncologyGERCORParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Medical OncologyHopital Saint-AntoineParisFrance
  3. 3.Oncology DepartmentSaint Antoine HospitalParisFrance
  4. 4.OncologieHopital FochSuresnesFrance
  5. 5.Oncologie MédicaleGHPSOSenlisFrance

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