Effectiveness of radiotherapy for elderly patients with non-melanoma skin cancer of the head

International Geriatric Radiotherapy Group

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Aim: To assess the effectiveness of conventionally fractionated radiotherapy for local control and cosmesis in elderly patients (age 70 years or older) with non-melanoma skin cancer of the head. Methods: A retrospective review of 15 patients undergoing definitive radiation (11 patients) or postoperative radiation (4 patients) for squamous cell carcinoma (9 patients) and basal cell carcinoma (6 patients) of the head was undertaken. At each follow-up visit, a radiation oncology resident and/or medical student was requested to examine the patient's head and neck, and determine the initial location of the cancer without reviewing their medical record. Results: No patient developed a loco-regional recurrence. The residents and medical students were unable to determine the initial location of the cancer because of the skin normalcy. Conclusion: Conventionally fractionated radiotherapy is effective for local control and provides excellent cosmesis for elderly patients with skin cancer of the head.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-605
Number of pages5
JournalGeriatrics and Gerontology International
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2015



  • Cosmesis
  • Elderly patients
  • Local control
  • Radiotherapy
  • Skin cancer of the head

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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