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Charity criticises cancer care for older people

The Guardian, 26 March 2012
Publié le : 26 mars 2012
 Peter Walker 

Cancer mortality rates among older people are failing to match the improvements seen in younger patients, Macmillan Cancer Support warns today. Under-treatment and a failure to properly consider the effects of age are to blame, and if mortality rates for the over-75s were reduced to levels seen in the US there could be 14,000 fewer deaths a year, the charity said. It says doctors often give treatment plans purely based on a patient's age, ignoring individual fitness levels; too few older patients are involved in clinical trials, and they often get insufficient support during debilitating treatment. Peter WalkerToo many older people with cancer are receiving insufficient or inappropriate treatment, with mortality rates for those in their mid-70s or over failing to match the improvements seen with younger patients, a leading cancer charity has warnedMON.

Macmillan Cancer Support cited factors including under-treatment and a failure to properly consider the effects of age, and said if mortality rates for the over-75s were reduced to levels seen in the US there could be 14,000 fewer deaths a year from cancer among that age group, said in a report, The Age Old Excuse.

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