Symptoms And Treatment Of Elderly Patients

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Patient factors include age, gender, education, ethnicity, socio-economic status and how much patient knows about cancer and cancer symptoms. Age appears to be the major determinants of cancer survival. Cancer survival rate for almost all types of cancers decrease significantly with age. Research has shown that elderly patients generally do not receive the same standard of treatments and care, as compared to younger patients. Elderly patients are also reported to be less likely to receive surgery and the most effective treatment than younger people irrespective of the co-morbidities. This is because healthcare professionals tend to make decisions based on the assumptions that older patients will not be able to cope with certain treatments without fully accessing their overall health status. (Department of Health, 2010) As survival rate for patients within this age group is relatively high, an increase in the number of children and young adults living with or beyond cancer is expected. This means that more support for this patient group might be needed. For example, patients with childhood cancer might still experience long-term physical and psychological consequences despite the treatment being ended long time ago. Currently, there are only 4 centres outside London that treats more than 100 children with cancer per year, and only a few centres offer comprehensive specialists care for children. (Independent Cancer Taskforce, 2015) Evidence also suggests that cancer patients…
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