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How safe is chemotherapy and chemoradiation in elderly patients with small-cell lung cancer?


Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) accounts for approximately 15% of all lung cancers. Approximately 70% of all newly diagnosed patients with SCLC are 60 years of age or older, and more than 30% are even more than 75 years of age [1]. Since smoking is the major risk factor for SCLC, the majority of elderly SCLC patients have serious comorbid conditions besides SCLC, especially smoking-related diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and other cancers [2,3].

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