Overuse of chemotherapy among younger patients with colon cancer

Young and middle-aged patients with colon cancer are nearly two to eight times more likely to receive postoperative chemotherapy than older patients, yet there seems to be no added survival benefits for these patients | ScienceDaily

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Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. There were more than 49,000 deaths in 2016, and more than 134,000 new cases are expected this year. While incidence and mortality rates among adults age 50 and older have decreased recently in the U.S., the same trend hasn’t been observed for patients 20 to 49. Treatment options remain to be defined for patients with young-onset colon cancer and their effects on prognosis are unclear.

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