Breast carcinoma in elderly women : Features of disease presentation, choice of local and systemic treatments compared with younger postmenopausal patients (pages 1302–1310)
Roberto Gennari, Giuseppe Curigliano, Nicole Rotmensz, Chris Robertson, Marco Colleoni, Stefano Zurrida, Franco Nolè, Filippo de Braud, Laura Orlando, Maria Cristina Leonardi, Viviana Galimberti, Mattia Intra, Paolo Veronesi, Giuseppe Renne, Saverio Cinieri, Riccardo A. Audisio, Alberto Luini, Roberto Orecchia, Giuseppe Viale and Aron Goldhirsch
Article first published online: 4 AUG 2004 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.20535
Older patients had tumors with more favorable biologic characteristics, when compared with younger postmenopausal patients. Reluctance to prescribe systemic treatments for older patients was due to the complexity of evaluation. The authors individualized care on the basis of biologic characteristics, comorbidity, functional status, and patient preferences.