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Keep up to date with Macmillan's campaigns, current issues, and how we’re working with government to improve outcomes for people affected by cancer.
You may have
seen the story splashed
all over the news this week about the rising number of older people
predicted to be living with cancer in 30 years time. Our research shows that
the number will triple from 1.3 million in 2010 to a staggering 4.1 million in
incredibly worrying because we know that older people with cancer are not
getting the best treatment for their cancer. And if that is happening now, the future
We hear from patients,
their friends, family and clinicians who say that some older people are not getting
offered the right treatment (e.g. chemotherapy) due to age-based assumptions
made about how well they will cope.
mean that potentially lifesaving treatment is not even considered in the same way
it is for a younger person.
There are also issues with access. Transport
difficulties and lack of support with caring responsibilities can result in
people not being able to get to treatment.
This is why we
are campaigning for treatment and care based on physical fitness rather than
age and for older people to be given the practical help they need so they don’t
miss out on treatment and get the right support at home.
Read more about
Old Excuse campaign and sign
up to campaign with us to make sure that older people get the care they
need and deserve.
If you have any questions about Macmillan, or would like to talk to someone about cancer, we have a team of experts who can help.
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