Can we better manage Unfit older cancer patients?

Silvio Monfardini

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The term Unfit refers to older cancer patients not amenable with standard treatment and needing therefore a modified or attenuated treatment or also not deserving an active therapeutic approach. To determine whether an old patient is Unfit a Multidimensional Geriatric Evaluation is needed, but to spare time, shortened tools of evaluation are now in a phase of development. Most of the available data on older cancer patients derive from clinical prospective studies carried out in a selected population, with the exclusion then of Unfit patients. The challenge of this special issue of CTR is that of providing a clinically useful information on the basis of the results of the available studies and expert opinion in the main tumor types.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-486
Number of pages2
JournalCancer Treatment Reviews
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009



  • Comorbidity
  • Geriatric Oncology
  • Unfit elderly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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