Elderly 'denied chemotherapy'
Friday 25 August 1995
Elderly patients with lung cancer are being denied chemotherapy treatment - even though they may do better than younger patients, cancer experts claim.
Dr Ian Smith, head of the lung unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital, and his colleagues have found that patients over 70 who received chemotherapy for lung cancer did slightly better than the younger patients.
The cancers were inoperable and the treatment was "palliative", designed to keep the tumours under control. He asks in a letter to The Lancet today whether there is any sound data for denying these elderly patients treatment. Dr Smith, who is also chairman of the National Association of Cancer Physicians, said yesterday: "Lung cancer is particularly a disease of the elderly and affects almost 20,000 people over the age of 65 each year. There is no longer any justification for denying these people chemotherapy treatment ..."
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
£17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...