Comorbidity and age affect treatment policy for cervical cancer: a population-based study in the south of The Netherlands, 1995-2004

M.A. van der Aa, Sabine Siesling, R.F.P.M. Kruitwagen, M.L.M. Lybeert, J.W.W. Coebergh, M.L.G. Janssen-Heijnen

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the effects of age and comorbidity on the choice of treatment modalities and prognosis for patients with cervical cancer. METHODS: All patients with cervical cancer newly diagnosed between 1995 and 2004 (n=775) were selected from the population-based Eindhoven Cancer Registry. Time trends in treatment modalities and differences in treatment between older and younger patients, and those with and without comorbidity were evaluated. RESULTS: Older patients with FIGO Stages IB-IIA, elderly and those with comorbidity underwent less surgery. In multivariate survival analysis, age had independent prognostic value. For patients with FIGO Stages IB2, IIB-IVA, age affected the choice of chemoradiation significantly. According to multivariate survival analysis, comorbidity and FIGO stage were independent prognostic factors. CONCLUSION: Older patients with cervical cancer and those with comorbidity were treated less aggressively. Because of the ever-increasing role of comorbidity in clinical decision-making for increasingly older patients in the near future, development of age-specific guidelines incorporating levels and management of specific comorbidity seems warranted
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-498
JournalEuropean Journal of Gynaecological Oncology
Volume29
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Cervical cancer
  • Comorbidity
  • Radical hysterectomy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemoradiation
  • IR-77718

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