Nimesh P. Nagarsheth, MD, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.
Jamal Rahaman, MD, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics,
Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.
The diagnosis and management of cervical cancer in the older patient presents important challenges to the geriatrician and oncologist. Cervical cancer almost never occurs in older patients who have followed screening guidelines and have had a history of normal Pap smears prior to age 70. Early stage disease is best managed by radical surgery. While radical pelvic surgery has been proven safe in selected older patients, the current management of early cervical cancer depends upon the resources available to the geographical location. For locally advanced cervical cancer and early stage patients who are not surgical candidates, radiation therapy with concurrent platinum-based chemotherapy is the standard of care. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy can be safely administered to older patients once allowances are made for age-related physiologic changes. Advanced age should not be used as justification to alter the standard of care for the management of cervical cancer.
Key words: cervical cancer, older adults, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, radical pelvic surgery.