An analysis of the outcomes of treatment of small cell lung cancer in the elderly.
NC Tebbutt, RD Snyder, WI Burns
Aust N Z J Med | Published : 1997
BACKGROUND: Many cases of small cell lung cancer will occur in the elderly population but optimal management of the disease in this age group remains uncertain. AIMS: To evaluate treatment of small cell lung cancer in the elderly in Australia and to compare treatment received and outcomes with those of younger patients. To draw insights from these observations into the optimal management of small cell lung cancer in the elderly. METHODS: A retrospective review of treatment charts and case notes for 51 elderly patients and 102 younger patients was undertaken. RESULTS: Elderly patients had similar baseline parameters with respect to disease stage and performance status. Elderly patients were m..View full abstract