Although relatively rare, colorectal cancer in patients below 40 years of age is on the increase. Using data from the Danish national cohort, Frostberg et al explore pre-operative management, treatment, and overall survival of 484 patients < 40 years of age diagnosed with colorectal cancer and compare these with 14,647 elderly (66-75 years) patients. The authors report that surgical treatment did not differ markedly between the two age groups, but young patients received more oncological treatment and had a better stage-specific five-year overall survival than elderly patients. The study concludes that despite more advanced clinical stages of disease, young patients with colorectal had a better survival than elderly patients.
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Differences in treatment and survival in young and elderly patients with colorectal cancer
Erik Frostberg, Jan Lindebjerg, Flemming Brandt Sørensen & Hans B. Rahr