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Medical Minute: Chemotherapy for the Elderly

Should age be a determining factor when considering whether a cancer patient should be offered Chemotherapy? Some doctors feel older patients cannot tolerate the toxic treatment and as a result, don’t offer it as an option, but new research shows just
The opposite.

At 72, Mario Donato does something most cancer patients his age are not likely to do. Mario was diagnosed with cancer ten years ago. It recently returned. His doctor said there was nothing they could do, something his wife Maria didn't accept.

The couple came to Dr. Martine Extermann At the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Sixty percent of all cancer occurs in patients over Sixty-five. Studies show older patients are less likely to be offered chemotherapy, but Dr. Extermann's Research shows most older patients tolerate the Treatment well.

"These patients do well with chemotherapy. They will be a bit more tired. They will have some side effects, but they will still be able to function Decently,” says Dr. Martine Extermann,

Mario has colon cancer. Half of colon cancer patients Don't get chemotherapy after surgery, but one study Shows a thirty-percent reduced death rate in those who Receive chemo with surgery.

Being Italian, Maria has her own cure for her husband. That's a treatment plan Mario is happy to follow.

For more information, contact:

Sarah Grohmann
Director of Corporate Communications
The Cooper Institute
Dallas, TX
(972) 716-7092

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