Journal article

Localized melanoma in older patients, the impact of increasing age and comorbid medical conditions

MJ Rees, H Liao, J Spillane, D Speakman, C McCormack, S Donahoe, M Pohl, A Webb, D Gyorki, MA Henderson

EJSO | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Elderly patients experience a different spectrum of disease and poorer outcomes than younger patients. This study investigated the impact of age and medical comorbidities on the management and outcome of patients ≥65 years. METHODS: A retrospective review of all patients ≥65 years (481 patients with 525 primary melanomas) presenting with AJCC clinical stage I-II melanoma to an Australian cancer centre between 2000 and 2008. RESULT: The median age was 74 years (65-94) with a male predominance (313 males, 65.0%) and median tumour thickness of 1.90 mm (IQR = 0.40-2.90, T1 = 33%, T2 = 20%, T3 = 24%, T4 = 23%). Inadequate surgical margins of excision (<10 mm) were common in older pati..

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