11 March 2014
Responding to a report from Queen’s University which suggests that older people are being denied access to cancer care because of their age, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says
'The report is absolutely right to say there is an urgent need to deal with poor survival outcomes for older cancer patients. Especially as we know the UK has some of the worst cancer survival rates in Europe for older people.1
'There are many factors contributing to lower survival rates in older people in the UK including being unfairly assessed for treatment based on age alone and not overall fitness.
'We need to see specialists in older people and cancer experts working more closely together as well as a “fundamental change” in the way treatment decisions are made. By tackling these barriers now, more older people can survive cancer and live for many years.'
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Notes to Editors:
1 De Angelis R, Sant M, Coleman MP, et al. Cancer survival in Europe 1999–2007 by country and age: results of EUROCARE-5—a population-based study. Lancet Oncol 2013; published online Dec 5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(13)70546-1
2 Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer 2012; 107: 1195-1202. (Projections scenario 1)
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