Head and Neck Cancer and the Elderly Patient

Brian P. Cervenka, Shyam Rao, Arnaud Bewley

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Management of head and neck cancer in the elderly patient is particularly challenging given the high morbidity associated with treatment. Surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy have all been demonstrated as effective in older patients; however, older patients are more susceptible to treatment-induced toxicity, which can limit the survival benefits of certain interventions. This susceptibility is better associated with the presence of multiple comorbidities and decreasing functional status than with age alone. Screening tools allow for risk stratification, treatment deintensification, and even treatment avoidance in patients who are deemed at high-risk of being harmed by standard therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Chemotherapy
  • Comprehensive elderly assessment
  • Elderly medicine
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgical therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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