Article Abstract

How to predict the risk of post-lobectomy complications in elderly lung cancer patients

Authors: Yo Kawaguchi, Jun Hanaoka

Abstract

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.