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Older bladder cancer patients not being given the right level of treatment

Older bladder cancer patients not being given the right level of treatment
19th April 2013

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have said they are concerned about the number of older people with bladder cancer who are not being given the treatments they need.

Studies found that more than half of bladder cancer patients aged under 60 were given treatments such as surgery and radiotherapy, while the same procedures were only given to a third of people in the 70s and just 12 per cent of those aged over 80.

Published in the British Journal of Cancer, the study examined the records of 3,300 people with bladder cancer in the Yorkshire city over a 15-year period.

The authors said that older people are 70 per cent more likely to die from the disease than younger ones.

"Even though it appears that older patients are more likely to have aggressive tumours, our findings suggest that not enough older patients are being offered treatments that could increase their chance of survival,” said James Catto, a consultant urological surgeon at the university.

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