Geriatric assessment of patients treated for cutaneous head and neck malignancies in a tertiary referral center: Predictors of postoperative complications

de Vries, J., Heirman, A. N., Bras, L., Plaat, B. E. C., Rácz, E., van Kester, M. S., Festen, S., de Bock, G. H., van der Laan, B. F. A. M. & Halmos, G. B., 10-Aug-2019, In : European Journal of Surgical Oncology.

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Introduction As cutaneous head and neck malignancies are highly prevalent especially in older patients, the risk of surgical complications is substantial in this potentially vulnerable population. The objective of this study was to evaluate the value of geriatric assessment of this population with respect to postoperative complications. Methods Patients were prospectively included in OncoLifeS, a databiobank. Before surgery, patients underwent a geriatric assessment including multiple validated screening tools for frailty, comorbidity, polypharmacy, nutrition, functional status, social support, cognition and psychological status. Postoperatively, complications (Clavien-Dindo ≥ grade II) were registered. Uni- and multivariable logistic regression analyses were performed yielding odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95%CIs). Results 151 patients undergoing surgery for cutaneous head and neck malignancies were included in this study (mean age 78.9 years, 73.5% male). In a multivariable analysis, frailty measured by the Geriatric 8 (G8) (OR = 6.34; 95%CI:1.73–23.25) was the strongest independent predictor of postoperative complications, among other predictors such as major treatment intensity (OR = 2.73; 95%CI:1.19–6.26) and general anesthesia (OR = 4.74; 95%CI:1.02–22.17), adjusted for age and sex. Conclusion Frailty, measured by G8, is the strongest predictor of postoperative complications in patients undergoing surgery for cutaneous head and neck malignancies in addition to treatment intensity and type of anesthesia. Geriatric screening on multiple domains is recommended for patients with cutaneous malignancies undergoing head and neck surgery is recommended, as this population includes old patients and frequently suffers postoperative complications.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10-Aug-2019


  • Geriatric screening, Frailty, Skin malignancy, Head and neck surgery, Postoperative complications

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