Tumorbiologische Unterschiede und altersassoziierte Veränderungen, wie eine Einschränkung des funktionellen Status und das Vorliegen von Komorbiditäten, können in anderen Therapieentscheidungen resultieren, als sie dem in Studien häufig an jüngeren Patienten etablierten Standard entsprechen. Weder therapeutischer Nihilismus aufgrund eines fortgeschrittenen Alters noch die Behandlung nach etablierten Standards um jeden Preis werden der individuellen Situation alter Patienten mit Krebserkrankungen gerecht. Der Artikel fasst neue Daten zur Behandlung alter Patienten am Beispiel einiger häufiger onkologischer Krankheitsbilder zusammen.

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