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Nursing older people with cancer

The final article in our series on how cancer affects different patient demographics focuses on older people

The final article in our series on how cancer affects different patient demographics focuses on older people

Older people are more likely than any other age group to be diagnosed with cancer. More than one third of new cancer cases in the UK were in people aged 75 and over in the two years to 2016.

85-89

age for peak rate of cancer incidence in the UK

Source: Cancer Research UK

Nurses are more likely to treat older people than other age groups for cancer, and generally the treatment is more complicated, says University of Bolton clinical practice lecturer Carole Farrell.

‘Older people have often developed a number of co-morbidities, making clinical oncology management more complex,’ she says.

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