Individualized decision-making for older men with prostate cancer: Balancing cancer control with treatment consequences across the clinical spectrum - Abstract

Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most prevalent non-skin cancer among men and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. PCa has an increased incidence and prevalence in older men. Age-associated incidence is on the rise due to increased screening in the older population. This has led to a sharp rise in the detection of early stage PCa. Given the indolent nature of many prostatic malignancies, a large proportion of older men with PCa will ultimately die from other causes. As a result, physicians and patients are faced with the challenge of identifying optimal treatment strategies for localized PCa, biochemically recurrent PCa and later-stage PCa. Age-related changes can impact tolerance of hormonal therapy and chemotherapy in men with metastatic disease and shift the risk-benefit ratio of these treatments. Tools such as the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) can help estimate remaining life expectancy and can help predict treatment-related morbidity and mortality in older men. Application of CGA in older men with PCa is important to help individualize and optimize treatment strategies. Research that integrates multidisciplinary and multidimensional assessment of PCa and the patient's overall health status is needed.

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Sajid S, Mohile SG, Szmulewitz R, Posadas E, Dale W.   Are you the author?

Reference: Semin Oncol. 2011 Apr;38(2):309-25.

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 21421119 Prostate Cancer Section



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