How to predict the risk of post-lobectomy complications in elderly lung cancer patients
The proportion of elderly lung cancer patients increases. Compared to younger patients, elderly patients are more likely to have many comorbidities and low physical condition. Unfortunately, a number of elderly patients had significant comorbidities, which increases their risks of postoperative short-term mortality as well as their competing risk of cancer specific death. Therefore, careful patient selection is an important responsibility for a surgeon, particularly when the patients are elderly and have several comorbidities.