The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical features and prognostic factors of elderly patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Patients diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer between 2004 and 2014 were identified from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database. Clinical characteristics and prognostic factors in elderly patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer were examined. A total of 10784 metastatic pancreatic cancer patients between 65 and 80 years old were included and divided into three age groups. Elderly metastatic pancreatic cancer patients differed from younger patients in many aspects, including marital status, race, sex, T stage, N stage, treatment regimen, prognosis, cause of death, and metastatic characteristics (P<0.001). An analysis of prognostic factors showed that chemotherapy, as the main treatment for elderly patients, can significantly improve prognosis, while surgery can improve the prognosis of patients between 65 and 80 years old. Other factors, including sex, marital status, T stage, and site of metastasis, had different effects on patients in different age groups. Elderly patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer are a special group of individuals whose clinical characteristics and prognostic factors are different from those of younger patients, and these patients require special treatment and attention.
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