Definition and assessment of frailty in older patients: The surgical, anaesthesiological and oncological perspective

Lorenzo Dottorini, Luca Turati, Luca Mattei, Paolo Formenti

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Abstract

The number of oncology, surgery and anaesthesia procedures in older patients has greatly increased in recent years due to ageing populations. Older patients are typically characterised by physical changes such as comorbidities, decline in physiological activities and cognitive impairment. All these factors, together with polypharmacological therapies, may substantially impact perioperative outcome, quality of recovery and, more in general, quality of life. A comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to perioperative care is thus needed. The assessment of frailty has a central role in the pre-operative evaluation of older patients and, with a multidisciplinary approach. The best surgical procedures and oncologic therapies can be accurately discussed in the pre- and post-operative periods. All clinicians involved in this scenario should be proactive in multidisciplinary care to achieve better outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1105
Journalecancermedicalscience
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 15 2020

Keywords

  • Anaesthetist
  • Assessment
  • Elderly
  • Geriatric
  • Oncologist
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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