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Sussex is one of five cancer networks testing improved assessment and practical support for older people during their cancer treatment.
Sussex Cancer Network pilot sites are running two studies. The first is around clinical assessment and the second around practical support.
For the assessment study, Sussex pilot sites are testing whether instruments such as the vulnerable elders survey 13 (VES-13), undertaken as part of a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, can predict how well colorectal cancer patients will tolerate chemotherapy.
This video has been created by Sussex Cancer Network to showcase the work of their pilot sites. You will hear interviews with healthcare professionals, an Age UK volunteer, and two pilot site patientsPractical Support
The pilot sites in Sussex are running a Chemotherapy Enhanced Support Programme for patients over 70 with breast, lung, colorectal or urological cancer. This study aims to assess the impact of providing practical support to older people undergoing chemotherapy.
Patients are referred to the local Age UK service, and following an assessment, are offered up to two hours per week of practical or emotional support, for up to six months. Support services could include gardening, cooking, cleaning, transport, befriending, and so on.
It is hoped this support will increase the proportion of older people who complete their chemotherapy, who remain independent and supported in their own homes and avoid the need to be re-admitted to hospital.
Read more about the Sussex NHS Trusts involved in the pilot project here:
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trus
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