Treatment Approaches in 102 Elderly Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Sener Cihan, Hatice Odabas, Nuriye Yildirim Ozdemir, Dogan Yazilitas, Nalan Akgul Babacan


Background: The life expectancy and presence of co-morbidities cause reservations in treatment decisions for elderly patients with cancer. In this study, we retrospectively evaluated 102 patients who are considered as middle-old aged (aged 75 - 84) by gerontologists.

Methods: Medical records of patients were reviewed. One hundred and two patients with a diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose follow-up ended with death between March 2006 and May 2013 were examined.

Results: The median age at diagnosis was 77 (75 - 85) years. Thirty-three patients (67.6%) were over 80 years old. The number of patients with metastasis was 57 (55.8%). Forty-two (41.2%) patients had stage IIIA and IIIB disease. Fifteen of the metastatic patients (26.3%) were given chemotherapy, while 12 of the non-metastatic patients (26.6%) were given chemotherapy. Of the non-metastatic patients, 25 (55.6%) were treated with radiotherapy, and five (11.1%) were treated with chemotherapy. The median duration of follow-up was 4 (1-55) months. Progression-free survival (PFS) was 4 months in non-metastatic patients, and 3 months in metastatic patients. Overall survival (OS) was 4 months. OS rates for 1 and 2 years were 10% and 2%.

Conclusion: Chemotherapy and radiotherapy may be administered even to patients of this age group. The beneficial effect of chemotherapy in patients with metastasis on OS is an important finding of our study.

World J Oncol. 2015;6(1):276-282


Middle-old patient; Non-small lung cancer; Treatment; Survival

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