Older Patients with GI Cancers Don't Always Receive Tx
Ancer benefited from treatment but often received no cancer-specific therapy, analyses of a large national database suggested.

An analysis of 21,593 patients ages ?70 with locally advanced esophageal cancer showed that 13% received no treatment at all, and an additional 24% received palliative care. Only 10% of the patients received optimal trimodal therapy (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy).

The analysis showed that 68.4% of the patients received no cancer-directed therapy. The most commonly administered cancer treatment was concurrent chemoradiation (12.0%), followed by chemotherapy alone (10.5%).