Prostate cancer in elderly subjects: How diagnosis should be made, why and how geriatric assessment should be implemented - Abstract

Managing an elderly subject with prostate cancer brings into play the notion of likelihood of survival before any diagnostic or therapeutic decision can be made.

The diagnostic strategy must be specifi ed for each patient in accordance with the clinical presentation so as to determine whether prostate biopsies are indicated in this elderly population. To estimate the likelihood of survival, one must make use of geriatric assessment techniques comprising medical strategies ranging from screening for frailty to detailed geriatric evaluation for the most complex patients. The many tools available for estimating the likelihood of survival requires a critical review of their advantages and disadvantages in daily clinical practice.

Written by:
Albrand G, Mottet N, Ruffion A, Fléchon A, Bensadoun RJ, Gigante M, Guy L, Mongiat-Artus P.   Are you the author?
Groupement de la Gériatrie des HCL, Hôpital Gériatrique Antoine-Charial, 69340 Francheville, France.

Reference: Prog Urol. 2012 Sep;22 Suppl 2:S55-63.
doi: 10.1016/S1166-7087(12)70037-4

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 23098791

Article in French. Prostate Cancer Section