Palliation and Quality of Life

  • Bengt GlimeliusEmail author


About half of elderly patients with colorectal cancer are left with palliative interventions only due to non-curable disease. Tumor-controlling medical treatment may prolong life and improve quality of life also in elderly patients, but the likelihood of a favorable outcome is less than in younger patients. Multiple subgroup analyses of clinical trials have shown that elderly patients gain as much as younger patients, but selection to clinical trials is extensive and the elderly trial population is not representative of the general population. The transition from a curative to a palliative approach and from when tumor-controlling therapy is meaningful to when it is not are important to consider by the medical staff. The content of the palliative care, for example, not to abandon, be easily available, provide high medical competence, give rapid help, and continue to talk, is as relevant in elderly as in young patients. The aim is to maintain good quality of life as long as possible.


Chemotherapy Clinical benefit Colorectal cancer Elderly Palliation Quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation ScienceUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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