Your age should not stop you from being offered many of the available treatments for cancer. If your doctor does not recommend a particular treatment, it should be because the treatment is unlikely to be helpful and not because of your age.
The aim of cancer treatment may be to cure the cancer. Or it may be to control the cancer and relieve your symptoms.
Treatments can include:
- hormonal therapy
- targeted (biological) therapy.
It is important to talk to your doctor about your treatment options. You might want to ask some of the following questions:
- What will treatment involve?
- Where will I have treatment?
- How often will I need to have treatment?
- How long will the course of treatment last?
- What will happen if I do not have treatment?
Some people find that learning more about their treatment helps them feel prepared. It can also make it easier to plan ahead. You could ask about how you may feel during and after treatment.
If you are a carer, you and the person you care for might need extra help during and after your treatment. Asking questions can help you plan for this. We have more information for carers. This is aimed at people who look after someone with cancer, but has useful information for all carers.