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Journal of Oncology
Volume 2010, Article ID 865908, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Outcome of Colonic Surgery in Elderly Patients with Colon Cancer

1Department of Surgery, Jeroen Bosch Hospital, Nieuwstraat 54, 5211's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
2Department of Geriatrics, Jeroen Bosch Hospital, Nieuwstraat 54, 5211's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Received 9 December 2009; Revised 27 March 2010; Accepted 12 April 2010

Academic Editor: Francis Seow-Choen

Copyright © 2010 E. Hermans et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Colonic cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed malignancies and most often occurs in patients aged 65 years or older. Aim. To evaluate the outcome of colonic surgery in the elderly in our hospital and to compare five-year survival rates between the younger and elderly patients. Methods. 207 consecutive patients underwent surgery for colon cancer. Patients were separated in patients younger than 75 and older than 75 years. Results. Elderly patients presented significantly more ( ) as a surgical emergency, had a longer duration of admission and were more often admitted to the ICU ( ). Also, elderly patients had significant more co-morbidities, especially cardiovascular pathology ( ). Post-operative complications were seen more often in the elderly, although no significant difference was seen in anastomotic leakage. The five-year survival rate in the younger group was 62% compared with 36% in the elderly ( ). DFS was 61% in the younger patients compared with 32% in the elderly ( ). Conclusion. Curative resection of colonic carcinoma in the elderly is well tolerated and age alone should not be an indication for less aggressive therapy. However, the type and number of co-morbidities influence post-operative mortality and morbidity.