Colorectal cancer surgery in the elderly: acceptable morbidity?

  title={Colorectal cancer surgery in the elderly: acceptable morbidity?},
  author={Evan S L Ong and Mohamed A Alassas and Kelli M Bullard Dunn and Ashwani Rajput},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  volume={195 3},
  pages={344-8; discussion 348}
BACKGROUND Because of the increase in the geriatric population, an increasing number of elderly patients are being treated for colorectal cancer. The purpose of this study was to evaluate perioperative morbidity and mortality in this population. METHODS A retrospective chart review was performed for patients 80 years of age or older who underwent surgery for colorectal cancer (1993-2006). RESULTS Ninety patients were identified, with a median age of 84 years. More than 90% presented with… CONTINUE READING