Surgery may not help older patients with slow-growing skin cancer

04/29/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Older patients with nonmelanoma skin cancer and limited life expectancy due to underlying health conditions may not benefit from surgical treatment, according to new research. The group suffered more complications following surgery than patients without comorbidities, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine found, and 43% died within five years from causes unrelated to the skin cancer.

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