Colorectal Cancer Surgeries: Worse Outcomes for Elderly
the MPR take:
The overall number of colorectal cancer surgeries is declining, but most are performed on individuals aged ≥65 who have a greater likelihood of negative outcomes. Nationwide data from 2001–2010 showed that that among the 63.8% of the 1 million colorectal surgeries performed were on patients ≥65 years of age and 22.6% were performed on patients ≥80 years of age. The oldest group were 1.7 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital for urgent care compared to patients <65. Older patients were also more likely to have higher medical bills and longer hospital stays. However, deaths from colorectal cancer have declined across all age group, including the elderly due to improved and more frequent colorectal cancer screenings.
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