Is age alone a contraindication to major cancer surgery?

  title={Is age alone a contraindication to major cancer surgery?},
  author={Nicholas D. Colapinto},
  journal={Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie},
  volume={28 4},
The question of whether major cancer operations are worthwhile in elderly patients is becoming more important, as we are faced with a progressively aging population. From Jan. 1, 1978 to Dec. 31, 1983, 268 elderly patients underwent major operations for esophageal, gastric, intestinal, pancreatic and retroperitoneal cancer. The patients were divided into three age groups: group A, 65 to 74 years (163 patients), group B, 75 to 84 years (81 patients) and group C, 85 to 92 years (24 patients). The… CONTINUE READING