Colorectal carcinoma in the elderly: a geriatric and surgical practice compared

Age Ageing. 1983 Aug;12(3):256-62. doi: 10.1093/ageing/12.3.256.


Two hundred and eighty-eight patients with colorectal cancer over the age of 65 years admitted to either the geriatric unit or a surgical unit have been compared. Significant differences in presentation and outcome were found and are discussed. Despite adverse factors, acceptable results were obtained for surgical treatment in the geriatric group.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Colonic Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Colonic Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Colostomy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Palliative Care
  • Postoperative Complications / mortality
  • Prognosis
  • Rectal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Rectal Neoplasms / surgery*