Survival After Cancer Surgery of Elderly Patients in New Mexico, 1969–1982

Thomas M. Becker, James S. Goodwin, William C. Hunt, Charles R. Key, Jonathan M. Samet

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To examine the effects of advancing age, sex, and ethnicity on estimated 30‐day survival after surgery for cancer, we reviewed population‐based data on 16,130 cancer cases collected by the New Mexico Tumor Registry from 1969–1982. For surgery at most sites, mortality increased with increasing age. The highest mortality was observed for sites requiring laparotomy or thoracotomy. Sex and ethnicity (Hispanic versus non‐Hispanic white) had little effect on short‐term survival. Comparison of short‐term survival for two time periods, 1969–1975 and 1976–1982, showed a strong trend of improving survival for many sites. 1989 The American Geriatrics Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-159
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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