Macmillan are worried that older people are sometimes offered cancer treatment based on their age rather than their physical condition. They set up the The Age Old Excuse campaign, which calls for
- Older people to be offered treatment and care based on their fitness rather than their age
- Services to be made accessible to meet the needs of older people
- Staff to be given the time and training needed to provide the best possible care
Macmillan’s new booklet Cancer and older people aims to encourage older people to ask questions and lets them know about their rights. It has comprehensive information on symptoms, treatment and rights, life after cancer and palliative care. There’s also information for carers.
Each section of the booklet features large, easy-to-read tables, which suggest questions that older people could ask and who may be able to answer them. It’s a large booklet (A4) with large print text, and is designed to be colourful and easy to navigate, with tabbed sections letting the reader know where to turn. It’s aimed at anyone aged 70+.