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Monday, March 21, 2016

Better Evidence About Older Adults With Cancer Will Not Improve Survival Rates Alone; Clinicians Need More Support



Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Macmillan Cancer Support welcomes the call by Hurria et al1 to improve the evidence base for treating older adults with cancer. Cancer is primarily a disease of age, so it is essential that clinicians, researchers, and patients work together to develop our understanding of the suitability of cancer treatments for older people.
However, evidence alone will not be enough to improve survival rates. It is also essential that clinicians have access to tools that allow them to use this evidence appropriately in their day-to-day decision making.
Much like in the United States, older adults (age ≥ 65 years) in the United Kingdom comprise a significant proportion (63%) of the cancer population.2,3....

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