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Age bias fear over cancer treatment
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:07 am 

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Older cancer patients are less likely to survive due to inadequate treatment, a new review has suggested.

The King's Fund found that older patients across England can struggle to get access to treatment compared to younger people with the disease - and it is suggested that an age bias could be coming in to play.

Compared to Canada, Australia, Sweden and Norway, England has the worst survival rates, and this gap is wider amongst older patients. The King's Fund, which looks at ways to improve the health service, found that a key factor driving these disappointing figures is late diagnosis.

The report found that older people are less likely to have intensive investigation procedures, while in turn, younger patients are more likely to have radical surgery outcomes.

The Fund's Catherine Foot said: 'England still has a way to go to reach cancer survival rates that are ranked with the best international performers.

'The evidence points to early diagnosis as being key to improving outcomes. We hope urgent priority is given to closing the gap in survival rates between different groups in society.'


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