7 September 2015
Responding to news from Target Ovarian Cancer that older women with ovarian cancer are significantly less likely to have life saving surgery, Jagtar Dhanda, Head of Inclusion at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“These findings once again suggest that cancer care for older people is an area of much needed improvement. It has been suggested that one of the reasons why older people don’t get treatment is because as people get older they might not want it.
“But Macmillan’s latest research shows that the vast majority of the time people over 65, and even those into their 80s and 90s, do want cancer treatment and they are usually proactive about getting signs and symptoms checked out. But we also found that older people are more likely to trust decisions from their health care professionals than younger people .
“So whilst symptoms of ovarian cancer might be difficult to spot, we’re urging all health care professionals to keep these findings at the front of mind when assessing older people for cancer treatment. We want to remind people that we have a free support line where callers can discuss treatment options and raise any questions or concerns with trained professionals.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
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