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Conclusions and Further Reading - Chapter 18

Chapter 18 – Head and Neck Cancer in the Elderly


With an ageing population, caring for the geriatric patient with cancer is becoming an increasingly common clinical scenario. SCCHN is particularly challenging in this regard, both the cancer and its treatment can have a tremendous burden on the patient’s quality of life. The disease and its treatment, affect an anatomic site which is vital for food intake, breathing, speech and ones sense of identity and well-being. Existing evidence predominately comes from retrospective data and indicates that biological age better determines treatment benefits, compared to chronological age. Oncologists should not withhold treatment merely on the basis of age, nevertheless they should be cautious with aggressive treatment in frail geriatric patients with SCCHN.

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