Survivorship Initiative

Comment on the Survivorship Initiative part of the cancer Reform Strategy.

Throwing down the gauntlet: Cancer charities and inadequate cancer information for men and women aged 75 and over

I was at an interesting but somewhat passionless National Cancer Equalities Initiative (NCEI) event on 12 March, on oncology decision making in older age. It wasn’t a particularly revelatory set of results – the researchers showed ageist clinical decision making, by oncologists and haematologists.

Who'd have thought it?

Hat tip to Catherine Foot and the King’s Fund

As usual, I was listening to the Today programme, on Radio Four this morning and Catherine was on. Catherine Foot works at the King's Fund. James Naughtie was interviewing her and for the first time I can recall, there was a major cancer story that actually mentions older people with cancer.

Recurring theme…. ageism & cancer

If you use numbers to make an argument, as advocates in prostate cancer do, it helps sometimes to look for the men the numbers represent. Older men are missing.

'Survivorship', prostate cancer and older men

The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative is rumbling along, part of the Cancer Reform Strategy, the policy prism through which light from the Department of Health and the serried ranks of voluntary sector cancer charities shines on cancer care.

The initiative exists to improve life with and beyond cancer for all survivors. But are the complexities of survivorship approached equally, as they should be, for all men with prostate cancer?

I’m not sure, I’m really, really not sure that they are.

It’s a decades long slog in cancer. ‘The new’ sometimes…. isn’t

The National Awareness and Early Detection Initiative and the National Cancer Survivorship Initiatives are key concepts in the Cancer Reform Strategy, the mainstay of current health policy for cancer. All singing, all dancing. Hugely important. But not 'all new'.

National Cancer Survivorship Initiative Vision

The Department of Health and the NHS have been battling with cancer care for many years. The Cancer Reform Strategy (CRS) was launched at the end of 2007 and follows on from the Cancer Plan, introduced in 2000 to improve cancer outcomes in the UK. The CRS identifies several groups at risk of experiencing inequality in provision of, and access to, cancer services such as older men and women, people from black and minority ethnic communities and socially and economically deprived populations.

….Talking ‘bout my generation.... THEY won’t talk about ageing….

There are three things to keep in the back of your mind when reading this. They are a) over one third of new cancer diagnoses are in men and women who are aged 75 years and older b) over half of all cancer related deaths are in men and women who are aged 75 years and older and c) recent scandals involving death or neglect in the NHS have been almost exclusively concerned with failings in the care of older people.