Older people and cancer

As an older person, you may have particular questions or concerns about cancer. For example:

  • If you are having health problems, you may be worried that you might have cancer. We have information about the different signs and symptoms of cancer.
  • If you are diagnosed with cancer and already have another health condition, you may want more information about how it might affect your symptoms or treatment.
  • If you have cancer, you might be worried that your age will affect which treatments are available to you.
  • If you look after someone with an illness or disability and you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may want to know how to manage your caring responsibilities while dealing with cancer or treatment.

Being diagnosed with cancer at any age can feel overwhelming and cause different emotions. It is important to remember that treatments for cancer are improving all the time. Many people with cancer are cured. Others are able to have an active life while living with cancer.

You might find that you need help with practical issues, your finances, or making decisions about treatment. We have lots of information about cancer for people of all ages, including the different types of support available.