Macmillan Cancer Support has asserted that elderly cancer patients may be “written off” unnecessarily as too old for treatment. Patients over 65 are sometimes assessed primarily on grounds of their age, instead of assessing their overall fitness.
NHS England acknowledges that better cancer services are required for people in the over-65 age group. The UK has lower survival rates for common cancers than are found in some European countries.
Older cancer patients in UK ‘written off’, charity warns. London: BBC Health News, January 24th 2014.
Possibly of interest:
Jones, P. Marshall, E. [and] Young, A. (2014). Acute oncology services. Sharing good practice. London: Macmillan Cancer Support, September 2014.
Also of interest, concerning attitudes to treatment:
Exploring the attitudes and behaviours of older people living with cancer. Research conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. London: Macmillan Cancer Support, August 17th 2015.
Other Reasons for Restricting Access to Surgery?
There may also be discrimination, regarding inequalities in access to surgery (whether for cancer or not) on the grounds of excess weight / obesity / unhealthy lifestyles:
Obese patients denied surgery in a third of areas in England. London: BBC Health News, April 22nd 2016.