An Examination of Colon Cancer Treatment Policies for the Elderly

Hirofumi Hasegawa, Shigeru Ueda, Tomonori Nakanoko, Tomonobu Gion, Masayuki Kitamura

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Abstract

Currently, the rate of aging is increasing rapidly and the number of elderly patients in hospitals is rising in Japan. Under such circumstances, we established an emergency care unit for the elderly at our hospital in July 2014 to provide acute healthcare of the community. Our unit has been active in providing treatment for acute diseases in elderly individuals in the community. We are also pursuing continuous medical care for elderly individuals in collaboration with the community comprehensive care unit at our hospital and other facilities in the community, such as care facilities for the elderly and specialist elderly nursing homes. From January to December 2015, we examined treatment policies for colon cancer at our hospital. The presence or absence of dementia and patient's age are factors considered before treatment at our hospital; however, in many cases colon cancer was treated using surgery if the patient's generalcondition permitted it. In colon cancer patients, this takes into consideration the decreased quality of life resulting from losing the ability to eat due to bleeding and intestinal obstruction. We hereby report specific cases of colon cancer treatment policies for elderly patients at our hospital, together with a discussion of the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1523-1525
Number of pages3
JournalGan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy
Volume43
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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