25 June 2019

In European Journal of Cancer, Nelleke Brouwer, Thea Zonneveld-Heil and colleagues showed that differences in postoperative mortality between older and younger patients with stage I-III colorectal cancer decreased. 1-year postoperative RS was almost equal for older and younger patients in 2015-2016.

In European Journal of Cancer, Nelleke Brouwer, Thea Zonneveld-Heil and colleagues showed that differences in postoperative mortality between older and younger patients with stage I-III colorectal cancer decreased. 1-year postoperative RS was almost equal for older and younger patients in 2015-2016.
Previous studies have shown that older patients benefit less than younger patients from surgical treatment for colorectal cancer (CRC). However, their findings show that due to the advancements in CRC care, this idea is no longer true. Clinicians should bear in mind that previous literature is no longer representative of the current clinical practice when informing patients during shared decision-making. With adequate preoperative frailty screening and shared-decision making, there is no need for unnecessary risk-avoiding behaviour in older CRC patients.

Publication
The gap in postoperative outcome between older and younger patients with stage I-III colorectal cancer has been bridged; results from the Netherlands cancer registry.
Brouwer NPM, Heil TC, Olde Rikkert MGM, Lemmens VEPP, Rutten HJT, de Wilt JHW, van Erning FN.

Nelleke Brouwer is member of theme Tumors of digestive tract.

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