What Are the Issues in the Treatment of Elderly Patients?

  • Ricardo G. Orsini
  • Harm J. T. Rutten


As the incidence of older patients with rectal cancer is rising, elderly rectal cancer patients will be more common in daily practice. Elderly patients are a heterogeneous group with different comorbidities and a physiological fitness varying between very fit and frail, unable to sustain any treatment. In addition, more elderly patients present in an emergency situation making them more susceptible for an adverse outcome.



Lieke Gieteling analysed the DSCA database and provided Fig. 3.2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Catharina Hospital Eindhoven, Department of SurgeryEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Grow: School of Oncology and Developmental BiologyUniversity of MaastrichtEindhovenThe Netherlands

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