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Northern Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Unit, Ward 36 Office, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LP, UK
Background: Oesophagectomy is considered an especially high-risk procedure in elderly patients. The aim of this study was to compare the early clinical outcome and subsequent survival of patients aged 70 years or over with that of patients younger than 70 years.
Methods: From 1/4/90 to 1/6/00 228 patients (M:F ratio 3:1, median age 64, range 39-77) have undergone radical subtotal oesophagectomy for malignancy under the care of one surgeon. Prospectively compiled data on the clinico-pathological characteristics and survival rates of 63 patients …