Gastrointestinal tumors

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In the elderly, incidence rates for gastrointestinal tract cancer increase exponentially as a function of age, reaching their peak at about 70 years. Many factors, including prolonged exposure to carcinogens and genetic mutations, are intimately connected to the binomial cancer age. Gastrointestinal tract tumors have very vague symptoms ranging from completely asymptomatic to acute abdomen. The challenge for oncogeriatric is early diagnosis, allowing appropriate treatment, lower risk of complications, and reduced hospitalization time, with t a reduced mortality rate. Imaging plays a fundamental role in the diagnosis and follow-up of gastrointestinal tract tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeriatric Imaging
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)9783642355790, 3642355781, 9783642355783
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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De Lutio Di Castelguidone, E., Granata, V., Carbone, R., Iacobellis, F., Setola, S. V., & Petrillo, A. (2013). Gastrointestinal tumors. In Geriatric Imaging (pp. 817-851). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.