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Intensive anticancer therapy in elderly patients – does it make sense? A case report

Bożena Cybulska-Stopa1,2, Joanna Streb1,2, Krzysztof Koper3,4, Piotr J. Wysocki1,2

Affiliacja i adres do korespondencji
Curr Gynecol Oncol 2016, 14 (3), p. 183–187
DOI: 10.15557/CGO.2016.0023

Anticancer therapy in elderly patients poses a great challenge for doctors since not all available therapeutic modalities can improve the wellbeing, alleviate symptoms or improve prognosis in this patient population. The paper presents a case of a 75-year-old woman diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer who, despite advanced age, received intensive anticancer therapy, i.e. surgical treatment (modified posterior exenteration with the resection of pelvic peritoneum and tumor invasion in the diaphragmatic peritoneum along with its fragment, subtotal colectomy, resection of the omentum, spleen and gastric fragment along with the gastro-transverse ligament and an end ileostomy) as well as adjuvant chemotherapy. Severe complications occurring during treatment were not directly related to the therapy, but resulted from the lack of proper patient care in a home setting.

Słowa kluczowe
elderly patient, ovarian cancer, anticancer therapy, geriatric oncology