How Will My Age Affect My Options For Treatment?

We do not, in general, make treatment decisions based on age. What is more important is how you are physically doing when you are diagnosed; a 45-year-old woman with end-stage complications from diabetes may be less able to handle chemotherapy than a 70-year-old woman in good health.

That is, your ability to perform your own activities of daily living and take care of your own needs (sometimes called a performance status) can tell your doctor more than merely focusing attention to your age.

The various treatments, from surgery to radiation to chemotherapy, all have risks and a balanced consideration of the benefits and the risks of treatment are always required.

Joan said:

At 58, I am still young in that I have/want another 30 years ahead of me. I want aggressive treatment balanced with minimal long-term side effects.

It takes asking question after question of your doctors to learn ALL you can. This is a case of knowing what questions to ask. There is nothing you can’t ask your doctors!