Minimally invasive surgery in the geriatric patient with colon cancer

James Chi Yong Ngu, Li Jen Kuo, Nan Zun Teo

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As the global population ages, the number of geriatric patients requiring surgery for colon cancer would inevitably increase. Radical oncological surgery in the elderly colorectal cancer patient has been recognized to be associated with a higher rate of postoperative complications and mortality compared to the young. While less aggressive management options may be reasonable in patients with limited life expectancy and significant comorbidities, many elderly patients have preserved function despite their chronological age. The advances in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) now provide a feasible means of achieving safe oncological treatment for these geriatric patients. This review focuses on the evidence behind MIS in the geriatric patient with colon cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-544
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2020


  • Colorectal
  • Elderly
  • Geriatric
  • Laparoscopy (LAP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Gastroenterology


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