Article Abstract

Management of locally advanced rectal cancer in the elderly: a critical review and algorithm

Authors: Lara Hathout, Nell Maloney-Patel, Usha Malhotra, Shang-Jui Wang, Sita Chokhavatia, Ishita Dalal, Elizabeth Poplin, Salma K. Jabbour


Colorectal cancer incidence and death rates have been declining over the past 10 years. However, it remains the second leading cause of death in men ages 60–79 and the third leading cause of death in men over 80 and in women over 60 years old. However, there is little data specific to the treatment of the elder patient, since few of these patients are included in trials. With the advent of improved therapies, there are many alternative options available. Still, no definitive consensus or guidelines have been defined for this particular patient population. The goal of this study is to review the literature on the management of rectal cancer in the elderly and to propose treatment algorithms to help the oncology team in treatment decision-making.