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Too old to be given cancer treatment: NHS is ‘writing off’ patients who are over 75

Daily Mail

One in four are prostate sufferers. Gerald Shenton, 78, from Staffordshire, said: ‘I was first diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in 2000, and I am still here 13 years later, although I’ve suffered from every side effect in the book.

‘I never really had any aftercare because I have always been treated as end stage. I was turned down for a possible treatment twice, being told unofficially that it was because of my age.’

Mick Peake, of the National Cancer Intelligence Network, said: ‘It is vital all patients receive the best and most effective treatment based on the nature of their cancer and their fitness for treatment and that chronological age alone is not the deciding factor.’

The cancer survival rate for Britain’s elderly are horrifying. They are amongst the worst in Europe.

» 5 Comments

  1. rwf

    January 24th, 2014

    I have a friend who was a physician under Britain’s great healthcare experiment. What he describes as health care for those people who are in their 60-70′s was nothing more than a glorified hospice.

    He is convinced that our health care system will eventually come to that under obamacare.

    Sadly, I can already see the signs that he is right.

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  2. cfm990

    January 24th, 2014

    75 and that’s it? Hell! We here in merica can do better. Why, we even gotta slogan. Barely alive @ 65.

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  3. Dumb Ass LIberal

    January 24th, 2014

    Note to slime balls in Washington. Death panels for me, death panels for thee.

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  4. Mark Zist

    January 24th, 2014

    They need to clear out a few thousand council flats for incoming “refugees”

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  5. Billy Fuster

    January 25th, 2014

    So, what, conservatives are now defending socialized health care for the elderly?

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