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J Korean Soc Ther Radiol Oncol > Volume 29(1); 2011 > Article
The Journal of the Korean Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology 2011;29(1): 1-10. doi: https://doi.org/10.3857/jkstro.2011.29.1.1
Radiotherapy in Elderly Patients with Cancer
Mison Chun, Sunmi Jo
Department of Radiation Oncology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. chunm@ajou.ac.kr
Due to improved life spans, cancer incidence has increased with more aged patients presenting with cancer. Elderly cancer patients could have compromised organ function and/or comorbidities. Due to poor social support or lack of early diagnosis, treatment outcomes for elderly cancer patients are poor in general. However, with aggressive support during cancer management as well as careful selection, most elderly cancer patients can tolerate standard radiation therapy with good results based on published articles. Here, we reviewed existing articles regarding compliance and treatment results in elderly cancer patients based on tumor site.
Key Words: Review, Elderly, Cancer, Radiation therapy
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