Kath Curley, OPAAL, and Teresa Gonzales, Macmillan Support Line

Next Tuesday lunchtime, we’ll be holding a live webchat about older people and cancer. Kath Curley from the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance and Teresa Gonzales, a specialist nurse from the Macmillan Support Line will be answering questions in the chatroom.

More than half the people living with cancer in the UK are aged 70 or over, and they may have specific treatment and support needs. 

If you’re an older person with cancer, or if you support someone who is, Teresa will be answering your questions about diagnosis, treatment and living with cancer.

Research by Macmillan shows that older people are less likely to receive treatment than younger people. In some cases, they may be too frail for treatment, but, unfortunately, this decision is sometimes made based on their age, rather than a full physical assessment. If you believe this applies to you or a loved one, Kath will be here to offer support on what to do next.

To take part in the chat, just join us in the chatroom on Tuesday 22 January between 12-1pm.

Or, if you can’t make it to the chat, post your questions below, and I’ll ask them for you. You can also speak to a nurse like Teresa on our free Macmillan Support Line (0808 808 0000, Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm).

Macmillan is campaigning for all older people to get treatment based on their needs, not their age. Support our campaign.