A Working Mum
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Around 14,000 people over 75 are dying prematurely from cancer each yearin theUK, and cancer mortality rates in this age group are not declining as rapidly as seen in the younger population.
Following on from a previous post about an elderly family member being diagnosed with cancer, we're still not much further forward regarding a final prognosis and treatment plan. After her initial diagnosis she was invited to go for a full body scan but for the last two weeks since her scan we've been waiting and waiting for her case to be looked at by the consultant and his team. They meet on a Wednesday to discuss that week's cases and then phone the patients in the afternoon to discuss what course of action has been recommended.
My poor aunt has been losing sleep as you can imagine not knowing the full extent of her diagnosis. Her case was supposed to have looked at the day after her body scan, then it was supposed to be looked at last week, but as they still hadn't looked it was postponed until today ... today came and went again with no phone call and no outcome.
I would hope that they prioritise the cases they look at each week by the urgency of each case, but we just don't know ... my aunt's tumour is quite substantial ...
Macmillan have launching their ‘The Age Old Excuse’ campaign to highlight the issues contributing to the under-treatment and poor cancer outcomes of cancer patients over 70 in the UK.
Treatment decisions are too often being made on the basis of age, regardless of how fit a patient may be, leading to under-treatment, and many patients don’t take up treatment because they don’t have the practical support to help them at home, with transport, or with care for dependent family. They're hoping to effect changes in service delivery and empower older people, and their children, to demand better quality services.
I'm hoping that my aunt will receive a call tomorrow but if not, she'll have to wait for at least another week. Is she being treated unfairly because she's in her late seventies, or is this just another example of our NHS being stretched so much that patients have to wait an unacceptable period of time before any decision's being made?