Are we undertreating rectal cancer in the elderly? An epidemiologic study.

@article{Chang2007AreWU,
  title={Are we undertreating rectal cancer in the elderly? An epidemiologic study.},
  author={George Chang and John Michael Skibber and Barry Feig and Miguel Rodriguez-Bigas},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={2007},
  volume={246 2},
  pages={215-21}
}
OBJECTIVE To better understand the reasons for decreased survival rates in elderly patients with rectal cancer by performing an epidemiologic evaluation of age-related differences in treatment and survival. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA The incidence of rectal cancer increases with older age, and localized disease can be curatively treated with stage-appropriate radical surgery. However, older patients have been noted to experience decreased survival. METHODS Patients with localized rectal… CONTINUE READING