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

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Abstract

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
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

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Skin Neoplasms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
cancer
Radiotherapy
medical student
resident
Medical Students
Head
Radiation
Radiation Oncology
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Medical Records
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Neck
Recurrence

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Effectiveness of radiotherapy for elderly patients with non-melanoma skin cancer of the head. / International Geriatric Radiotherapy Group.

In: Geriatrics and Gerontology International, Vol. 15, No. 5, 01.05.2015, p. 601-605.

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International Geriatric Radiotherapy Group. / Effectiveness of radiotherapy for elderly patients with non-melanoma skin cancer of the head. In: Geriatrics and Gerontology International. 2015 ; Vol. 15, No. 5. pp. 601-605.
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