Age should not influence treatment decisions in cancer patients, researchers in Spain say, because it is not an independent factor affecting cancer survival. Their prospective study involved 224 patients ultimately diagnosed with cancer, confirmed by histology or cytology. Patients’ functional status and various other factors were assessed. One-year survival in the cohort was 38.8 per cent and independent predictive factors for survival were found to be functional status, extent of disease dissemination, physical quality of life and serum albumin level. However, age did not influence survival.

Domingo E, Surinach JM, Murillo J et al. Int J Clin Pract 2008;62:1723-9

Originally published in the November 2008 edition of MIMS Oncology & Palliative Care.

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