Is effective and safe a radiochemotherapy approach in elderly cancer patients? A review

Francesco Fiorica, Antonio Zanghì, Giuliana Pascale, Otilia Nuta, Lino Del Pup, Antonio Stefanelli, Francesco Cartei

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Although more than 60% of all cancer patients in Europe and the USA are older than 65 years at the time of diagnosis, elderly patients are generally under-represented in clinical trials. A general consensus on how to treat elderly patients is still far from being achieved. In this review, we address some of the issues and challenges surrounding the treatment of older cancer patients and radiochemotherapy. We discuss the existing evidence related to radiochemotherapy in the elderly, focusing primarily on the malignancies most commonly seen in older patients and making general treatment recommendations where applicable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1430-1437
Number of pages8
JournalAnti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013



  • Clinical trials
  • Elderly patients
  • Geriatric oncology
  • Radiochemotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Cancer Research

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