Outcomes of skin cancer excision in frail patients: A retrospective cohort study.
Chicco M., Borsky K., Goodall R., Harrison C., Rodrigues J.
BACKGROUND: Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most common cancer type and incidence increases with age. As a consequence, an increasing number of frail patients are being referred for consideration of skin cancer surgery. However, some of these patients may not live long enough to experience benefit from surgery, while being at risk of postoperative complications. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the treatment burden of surgical excision of skin cancers in frail individuals. METHODS: We conducted a single-center retrospective cohort study analyzing outcomes of skin cancer excision in frail versus non-frail patients. RESULTS: Eighty-eight patients were included. The complication rate was higher in frail versus non-frail patients: 12 (27.9%) versus 9 (18.8%), with 5 unplanned postoperative hospital attendances leading to 3 hospital admissions in the frail cohort. Nine patients in the frail group (21%) died within 6 months of their procedure versus no deaths in the non-frail group (p