Older Lung Cancer Patients Less Likely to Be Treated
Researchers say doctors shouldn't be so quick to write off older people.
FRIDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) -- A study of seniors with non-small cell lung cancer found that older patients are less likely to receive treatment than younger patients, regardless of their overall health and prognosis.
Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer.
For this study, U.S. researchers looked at data from more than 20,000 lung cancer patients aged 65 and older in the VA Central Cancer Registry between 2003 and 2008 and found that, for all stages of lung cancer, younger, sicker patients were more likely to receive treatment than otherwise healthy older patients.
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Older Patients Less Likely to Be Treated
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