Cancer and older people
As an older person, you may have specific questions and concerns about cancer. You may be experiencing health problems and be worried that they could mean you have cancer. Or you may have been diagnosed with cancer and have concerns that your age will affect the range of treatments you are offered.
When you have cancer, you want to know exactly what is happening and how to combat it. Any information you can get from specialists can help you to win the battle.
Dennis got help from Macmillan when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Older people today are generally more physically active than previous generations. Many retired people enjoy a fulfilling life. So being diagnosed with cancer at this time can feel overwhelming and bring up many different emotions. Cancer can affect many areas of your life and it can have both a physical and emotional impact.
It’s important to remember that many people with cancer are cured, and others are able to maintain an active life while living with cancer. Treatments for cancer are improving all the time.
This section has information about the healthcare system and what you should expect from your treatment and care. It also explains what support is available and what you can do if you cannot access treatment because it is not routinely available.
If you have any further questions you can speak to one of our cancer support specialists.
In this section
Find out about some of the possible symptoms of cancer that you should be aware of.
Read about the tests that can be used if your GP thinks you may have some of the symptoms of cancer.
See information about discussing treatment and the possible options and support for you.
Get advice about the practical issues that can come up if you are diagnosed with cancer.
See our advice on looking after yourself after cancer treatment.
If you're told that there are no more treatments to control your cancer, you might find this information helpful.
Find out about the issues you may face, and the support that is available, if you are looking after someone with cancer.
See the sources used to create this information, and an explanation of the roles of possible healthcare workers.