20 November 2012
Responding to the release of NCIN data around ovarian cancer, Dr Siobhan McClelland, Head of Research and Evidence of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is fantastic news to see that fewer women in England are dying from ovarian cancer. However it is extremely disappointing to see older women still have such a lower chance of survival than their younger counterparts.
“We know systematic under treatment of older cancer patients has left many with significantly reduced odds of survival. Too often decisions about their treatment are based on their age alone, not their overall physical and mental health. This needs to change.
“The older people’s pilots carried out by Macmillan, Age UK and the Department of Health will be reporting soon and the NHS must implement the key recommendations to improve cancer care for older cancer patients.”
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