Peri-Operative Management of Older Adults with Cancer—The Roles of the Surgeon and Geriatrician
AbstractOptimal surgical management of older adults with cancer starts pre-operatively. The surgeon plays a key role in the appropriate selection of patients and procedures, optimisation of their functional status prior to surgery, and provision of more intensive care for those who are at high risk of post-operative complications. The literature, mainly based on retrospective, non-randomised studies, suggests that factors such as age, co-morbidities, pre-operative cognitive function and intensity of the surgical procedure all appear to contribute to the development of post-operative complications. Several studies have shown that a pre-operative geriatric assessment predicts post-operative mortality and morbidity as well as survival in older surgical cancer patients. Geriatricians are used to working in multidisciplinary teams that assess older patients and make individual treatment plans. However, the role of the geriatrician in the surgical oncology setting is not well established. A geriatrician could be a valuable contribution to the treatment team both in the pre-operative stage (patient assessment and pre-operative optimisation) and the post-operative stage (patient assessment and treatment of medical complications as well as discharge planning). View Full-Text
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Parks, R.M.; Rostoft, S.; Ommundsen, N.; Cheung, K.-L. Peri-Operative Management of Older Adults with Cancer—The Roles of the Surgeon and Geriatrician. Cancers 2015, 7, 1605-1621.
Parks RM, Rostoft S, Ommundsen N, Cheung K-L. Peri-Operative Management of Older Adults with Cancer—The Roles of the Surgeon and Geriatrician. Cancers. 2015; 7(3):1605-1621.Chicago/Turabian Style
Parks, Ruth M.; Rostoft, Siri; Ommundsen, Nina; Cheung, Kwok-Leung. 2015. "Peri-Operative Management of Older Adults with Cancer—The Roles of the Surgeon and Geriatrician." Cancers 7, no. 3: 1605-1621.