Journal article

Excess mortality and undertreatment in elderly lung cancer patients: treatment nihilism in the modern era?

Jonathan Pham, Matthew Conron, Gavin Wright, Paul Mitchell, David Ball, Jennifer Philip, Margaret Brand, John Zalcberg, Rob G Stirling

ERJ OPEN RESEARCH | EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY SOC JOURNALS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Treatment of elderly patients with lung cancer is significantly hindered by concerns about treatment tolerability, toxicity and limited clinical trial data in the elderly; potentially giving rise to treatment nihilism amongst clinicians. This study aims to describe survival in elderly patients with lung cancer and explore potential causes for excess mortality. Patients diagnosed with lung cancer in the Victorian Lung Cancer Registry between 2011-2018 were analysed (n=3481). Patients were age-categorised and compared using Cox-regression modelling to determine mortality risk, after adjusting for confounding. Probability of being offered cancer treatments was also determined, further stratifie..

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