Adjuvant treatment for elderly patients with stage III colon cancer in the southern Netherlands is affected by socioeconomic status, gender, and comorbidity.

@article{Lemmens2005AdjuvantTF,
  title={Adjuvant treatment for elderly patients with stage III colon cancer in the southern Netherlands is affected by socioeconomic status, gender, and comorbidity.},
  author={Valery E. P. P. Lemmens and Aart van Halteren and M. L. G. Janssen-Heijnen and Gerard Vreugdenhil and Ocker J Repelaer Van Driel and J. W. W. Coebergh},
  journal={Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology},
  year={2005},
  volume={16 5},
  pages={767-72}
}
BACKGROUND Adjuvant 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy significantly decreases mortality among patients with stage III colon cancer, but is less prescribed with rising age. We were interested in the pattern of adjuvant treatment and possible effects on survival among elderly patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS All resected patients aged 65-79 with stage III colon carcinoma, diagnosed between 1995 and 2001 in the Comprehensive Cancer Centre South registry area in the Netherlands were included (n=577… CONTINUE READING

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