Are many elderly men with invasive bladder cancer wrongly shunted away from aggressive interventions?

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A recent British study of 3,281 bladder cancer patients found that only 12% of patients older than 80 years received radical treatment for invasive disease compared with 52% of those younger than 60 years.

The study also showed that the oldest patients had the highest cancer-specific mortality rate. The study's authors concluded that clinicians “should consider offering more aggressive treatment interventions among older patients.”

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