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Treatment of Endometrial Cancer in the Geriatric Patient

  • Kathleen N. MooreEmail author
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Abstract

Despite the fact that endometrial cancer is predominantly a disease that occurs in elderly women, little is known about best practices for therapy when endometrial cancer develops in the “oldest old” patients greater than the age of 80 or in patients with age-associated comorbidities. Treatment of endometrial cancer in these populations is a challenge as surgery is indicated in the vast majority of cases, and there are no validated screening tools to assess a patient’s fitness for endometrial cancer surgery. Patients with endometrial cancer not uncommonly require adjuvant therapy in the form of hormones, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination thereof, but little information exists regarding best practices in an elderly patient and outcomes. This chapter aims to summarize the challenges and options surrounding the care of elderly patients who present with endometrial cancer.

Keywords

Endometrial cancer Geriatric patients Comorbidity Adjuvant therapy Surgery Chemotherapy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma, Section of Gynecologic OncologyOklahoma CityUSA

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