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Some cancer patients being 'written off' as too old

Some cancer patients are being "written off" as too old for treatment, the charity Macmillan Cancer Support has warned, despite more than 130,000 pensioners in the UK surviving for at least 10 years after being diagnosed.

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BMA: Older cancer patients must get 'care and respect'

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said the profession must "guarantee" that older cancer patients "are treated with care and respect" after claims some are denied treatment solely on their age.

It is important that all healthcare professionals ensure that patients are treated on the basis of their clinical need.

With an increasingly ageing population, it should be a key part of medical professionalism to guarantee that older patients are treated with the care and respect they deserve.

– Dr Mark Porter, the BMA's chairman of council

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