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Cervical cancer treatment evaluated (cancer tumor)
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Cervical cancer treatment evaluated
United Press International
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
ST. LOUIS, Dec 29, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- St.
Louis researchers say elderly women with cervical cancer are less
likely to receive aggressive treatment for their ailment than younger
A team from Washington University School of Medicine, in a study to be
published in the Saturday edition of the journal Cancer, ****yzed
medical records of more than 1,500 patients treated for invasive
cervical cancer between 1986 and 2003. They divided the records into
two categories, women younger than 70 and women 70 or older.
Their study showed that regardless of the stage of tumor development,
elderly patients were likely to receive less aggressive treatment.
Surgery was used to treat 16 percent of the elderly group, whereas 54
percent the younger patients underwent surgery. The remainder of the
patients was treated with radiation without surgery.
For women treated with radiation therapy alone, the chances of
surviving were five times lower than for those treated surgically.
Elderly women treated with radiation were given lower doses on average,
and they were nine times more likely to forego treatment altogether.