Older bowel cancer patients missing out

Colorectal cancer patients are significantly less likely to get appropriate adjuvant therapy in NSW if they are over 70, even if they have no significant comorbidities, researchers say.

Data from over 1000 colorectal cancer patients undergoing surgery in NSW hospitals showed increasing age was strongly linked to decreasing likelihood of receiving chemotherapy for lymph node-positive colon cancer and radiotherapy for high-risk rectal cancer.

People with comorbidities, those needing emergency resection, those admitted to intensive