Yomo, S & Hayashi, M. BMC Cancer. Published online: 15 December 2016
Image shows false-coloured scanning electron micrograph of human cancer stem cells isolated from patients with brain cancer
Background: Advanced age has been shown to be a factor predicting poor survival in patients with brain metastases (BM). There have been only a few studies focusing on stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for elderly BM patients. The present study aimed to investigate the efficacy and limitations of SRS for very elderly BM patients.
Conclusions: The present study suggested an upfront SRS strategy to offer a feasible and effective treatment option for very elderly patients with limited BM. In the majority of patients, neurological death could be delayed or even prevented.
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