Folia Medica 62(3): 438-443, doi: 10.3897/folmed.62.e47920
Elderly Patients with Gynecological Cancer: Is the Management Individualized?
expand article infoChristos Iavazzo, George Iatrakis§, Paraskevi-Evangelia Iavazzo, Konstadia Bakalianou|, Ioannis D. Gkegkes
‡ Metaxa Cancer Hospital, Piraeus, Greece§ Technological Educational Institution of Athens, Athens, Greece| Agia Olga General Hospital, Athens, Greece¶ Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, United Kingdom
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The change in life expectancy affects the clinical presentation and the prognosis of elderly patients with gynecological cancer. The in-crease of life expectancy and increased numbers of elderly patients, the healthcare systems have to deal more frequently with patients who are not simply older adults but have also severe comorbidities and physiological, psychological, functional, and social needs that require individualised management. Discussing every individual after detailed assessment in a multidisciplinary meeting is extremely important. Several studies have shown that elderly patients with gynecological malignancies are not treated to the same extent as young-er patients and have lower odds of receiving standard care according to the oncological protocols. Individualization of management in these patients could be identified in several studies in the literature showing that increasing age at diagnosis predicts deviation from guidelines for surgical therapy, adjuvant radiotherapy or chemotherapy. The authors performed a literature review to clarify whether there are any changes in the treatment of such patients, and whether their management should be considered to be individualized, depending on their age and comorbidities.

female genital tract, gynecological cancer, management, octogenarians, treatment