Cancer services coming of age: learning from the Improving Cancer Treatment Assessment and Support for Older People project

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Macmillan Cancer Support; Great Britain. Department of Health; Age UK
Department of Health
Date of publication
20 December 2012
Health Services, Older Adults
Social welfare
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The Government has set out ambitious plans to improve cancer survival rates in England, and it has recognised that it will not deliver on those plans unless it tackles inequalities in terms of access to and outcomes from treatment. This is very important in relation to older people, given that cancer is primarily a disease of this age group. The Government has also made commitments to improve the wellbeing of patients living with long term conditions, including cancer, and to improve their experience of care – so it is essential that services provided meet the needs of older people. This report describes best practice in relation to piloting a service delivery to older people with cancer to improve outcomes; to deliver high quality services to increasing numbers of older cancer patients and to ensure equality of access to treatment and information, based on need, not age.

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