January 18, 2009 1:39 PM

Is 80 too old for major surgery? Increasingly, the answer's no

More and more, patients inching toward the century mark are undergoing cancer operations, open-heart surgery and joint replacements at an age when previously they might have been told to take it easy and let nature take its course. Credit improvements in medical technology, coupled with a healthier aging population. But such advances have not arrived without controversy.

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