Surgical oncology is cancer care that focuses on using surgery to diagnose, stage, and treat cancer and is one of the main treatments for malignancy. Patients older than 65 years are generally considered geriatric. The incidence of cancer in geriatric patients is increasing annually. Candidacy for surgical intervention depends on factors such as cancer type, size, location, grade and stage of the tumor, and the patient’s overall health status and age. Despite increasing agreement that age should not limit treatment options, geriatric patients tend to be undertreated. Cancer in geriatric patients has different features than in younger patients. As such, treatment options may be dissimilar in these 2 cohorts. Here, care of the geriatric patient undergoing surgical oncology interventions is discussed.

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