6 March 2014
Responding to the King’s Fund report, published today, which calls for health and social care services to be transformed so that they support older patients, Jagtar Dhanda, Head of Inclusion at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'The King’s Fund is absolutely right to say services in England require a ‘fundamental shift’. In particular, we know that cancer services do not always provide the right level of support for older people affected by cancer. It’s telling that some of the worst five year survival rates in the UK are for over-65s, especially in comparison to other developed countries.1
The King’s Fund are correct in identifying that teams of health and social care professionals within cancer care need to work more closely together. Oncologists and geriatricians need to share knowledge and best practice to ensure people of this age receive the care that is right for them.'
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Notes to Editors:
1 Coleman MP, Forman D, Bryant H, et al. Cancer survival in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and the UK, 1995—2007 (the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership): an analysis of population-based cancer registry data. Lancet 2011; 377: 127-138 http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(10)62231-3/fulltext#article_upsell
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