Purpose Gynaecological cancer management in older people represents a current challenge. Therefore, in the present paper, we aimed to gather all the evidence reported in the literature concerning gynecological cancers in the elderly, illustrating thestate of art and the future perspectives. Methods We searched MEDLINE (PubMed), EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, IBECS, BIOSIS, Web of Science, SCOPUS and Grey literature (Google Scholar; British Library) from January 1952 to May 2017, using the terms “ovarian cancer”, “endometrial cancer”, “cervical cancer”, “gynecological cancers” combined with ‘elderly’, ‘cancer’, ‘clinical trial’ and ‘geriatric assessment’. Results The search identified 81 citations, of which 65 were potentially relevant after initial evaluation and met the criteria for inclusion and were analyzed. We divided all included studies into three different issue: “Endometrial cancer”, “Ovarian cancer” and “Cervical cancer”. Conclusions The present literature review shows that, in spite of the higher burden of comorbidities, elderly patients can also benefit from standard treatment to manage their gynecological cancers. It is important to overcome the common habit of undertreating the elderly patients because they are more fragile and with a lower life expectancy than their younger counterpart. Further trials with elderly women are warranted.

Management of endometrial, ovarian and cervical cancer in the elderly: current approach to a challenging condition

Vitale Salvatore Giovanni;
2019-01-01

Abstract

Purpose Gynaecological cancer management in older people represents a current challenge. Therefore, in the present paper, we aimed to gather all the evidence reported in the literature concerning gynecological cancers in the elderly, illustrating thestate of art and the future perspectives. Methods We searched MEDLINE (PubMed), EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, IBECS, BIOSIS, Web of Science, SCOPUS and Grey literature (Google Scholar; British Library) from January 1952 to May 2017, using the terms “ovarian cancer”, “endometrial cancer”, “cervical cancer”, “gynecological cancers” combined with ‘elderly’, ‘cancer’, ‘clinical trial’ and ‘geriatric assessment’. Results The search identified 81 citations, of which 65 were potentially relevant after initial evaluation and met the criteria for inclusion and were analyzed. We divided all included studies into three different issue: “Endometrial cancer”, “Ovarian cancer” and “Cervical cancer”. Conclusions The present literature review shows that, in spite of the higher burden of comorbidities, elderly patients can also benefit from standard treatment to manage their gynecological cancers. It is important to overcome the common habit of undertreating the elderly patients because they are more fragile and with a lower life expectancy than their younger counterpart. Further trials with elderly women are warranted.
2019
Gynaecological cancers
Elderly
Ovarian cancer
Cervical cancer
Endometrial cancer
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