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Geriatric co-management tied to lower mortality after cancer surgery

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JAMA Network Open
Reuters Health - 18/09/2020 - Patients aged 75 and older who undergo cancer surgery have lower 90-day postoperative mortality when they receive geriatric co-management than when they don't, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on 1,892 patients 75 and older who had elective surgery with at least a one-day hospital stay at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, including 1,020 patients who received geriatric co-management. A total of 36 patients who received geriatric co-management and 92 patients who didn't died within 90 days of surgery. The adjusted probability of death within 90 days was 4.3% with geriatric co-management and 8.9% without it, researchers report in JAMA Network Open. "Older adults with cancer are at higher risk than younger patients for surgical complications and mortality; therefore, there is a need to improve surgical outcomes of these older adults with cancer," said lead study author Dr. Armin Shahrokni, an...


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