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British Denied Cancer Surgery Due To Age

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

The breast cancer patients TOO OLD to save: Thousands are being denied surgery by ‘ageist’ doctors

By Sophie Borland
16th June 2011

Elderly women are being denied life-saving breast cancer surgery that is routinely given to younger patients, alarming research reveals. Some doctors look at a patient’s age in their notes – and decide on a treatment plan before they have even met them, experts warn.

Their study, which provides evidence of ageism in the Health Service, found that 90 per cent of breast cancer patients aged 30-50 are offered surgery to remove tumours, compared with 70 per cent of those in their seventies. Even women in their 50s are less likely than younger patients to have an operation.

Cancer specialist Dr Mick Peake said: ‘I’ve seen evidence of ageism when doctors are approaching the issue. Some take age as disproportionate evidence, often when they’ve never even met the patient.

Where is the outrage? We thought breast cancer was one or the more politically correct diseases.

‘I’d like patients and relatives to bang their fists on the table and say, “Why aren’t we getting this treatment?”,’ added Dr Peake, of the National Cancer Intelligence Network, which carried out the research.

An operation to remove part or all of the breast is the most effective treatment for breast cancer…

According to the research, just 87 per cent of women in their fifties – who are normally otherwise fit and healthy – have surgery, falling to 82 per cent of those aged 60 to 70.

Only half of over-80s, and 33 per cent of those over 85, are offered surgery

Sarah Woolnough, of Cancer Research UK, said: ‘This data means we need to ask serious questions about whether ageism exists in breast cancer surgery.

‘Surgery is one of the most effective treatments for cancer so it’s crucial that as many women as possible are given the opportunity to have an operation to remove their breast tumour.

‘We need to understand more about why the number of women having breast surgery drops off with age and ensure they’re not being denied potentially life-saving treatment simply based on their age.’ …

Previous estimates claim that 15,000 elderly die prematurely every year because cancer care on the NHS is not as good as that provided elsewhere in Europe and the U.S.

Of course the UK doesn’t have anything like ‘death panels.’ And neither does Obama-care.

People will just die on their own. Any lack of treatment will have nothing to do with it.

(Thanks to Melly for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “British Denied Cancer Surgery Due To Age”

  1. Melly says:

    The breast cancer patients TOO OLD to save: Thousands [in the UK] are being denied surgery by ‘ageist’ doctors

    The Daily Mail 16th June 2011
    Mastectomy is the most effective treatment

    Elderly women are being denied life-saving breast cancer surgery that is routinely given to younger patients, alarming research reveals…

    Some doctors look at a patient’s age in their notes – and decide on a treatment plan before they have even met them, experts warn…

    Previous estimates claim that 15,000 elderly die prematurely every year because cancer care on the NHS is not as good as that provided elsewhere in Europe and the U.S.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2004040/Breast-cancer-patients-old-save-Thousands-denied-life-saving-surgery-doctors-base-treatment-age.html#

  2. Helena says:

    Ix-nay on the “eath-day anels-pay” – the new-speak is “insight driven” health care.

    More physicians leaving private practices – UPI.com
    http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/06/14/More-physicians-leaving-%20%20private-practices/UPI-84191308100918/?spt=hs&or=hn

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Socialized Medicine rearing its’ sexist head against the mature women.
    Do the Mooslimb women have this problem there or do they seek comfort in the barn with all the other animals?

  4. oldpuppydixie says:

    Of course this could NEVER happen under HusseinCare!!! At least not with “their people” or Democrat voters in general.

    • jobeth says:

      This is exactly what a good (but politically blind democrat) friend of mind said to me when I told her the story of my Brit father-in-law. “That would NEVER happen HERE!”

      I told her how he was not only denied preemptive care when he was beginning to experience TIAs but was denied treatment after he had the massive stroke that followed the ‘no care’.

      To add insult to injury, they refused him NUTRITION after that stroke. Only hydration and “comfort care” as they called it, was offered. It took our dear old man of 85 who was strong of body and with quick mind, even after the stroke…over 6 weeks to die. 6 WEEKS he laid there with no nourishment, let alone therapy..

      AGE….Too old to be a monetary source for the government…so off you go…. No matter that you still carry shrapnel in your leg from WWII attempting to save the asses of them and their parents.

      My step daughter is currently going through hell (young adult) after a routine tonsillectomy….She has been back to hospital, 3 times with bleeding in the last 2 weeks. Her first meal after surgery included “crisps”..(potato chips!) Gee, wonder why she keeps bleeding?

      And more…we have a grand nephew …(child) that as we speak who has contracted both chicken pox AND mumps!!!!. Both at the same time! Seems inoculations are not mandatory there. At all. No one there seems to think it odd or even unusual.

      So while I don’t think I’ve even seen a case of Chicken pox or mumps in years here, its still routine there.

      This drives me mad. My sister in law…grandmother of the mentioned child, LOVES that she can get care for “free”. She thinks American health care as it is now…pre Obama No-care, is horrible because we have to “pay”.

      Who pays more? Us…or the Brits…through misuse of government medical funds and poor care and non care and more importantly through preventable death and injury to its people?

      Aged?….yes…they are one of the first to feel the pinch…them and the unborn. But eventually it is everyone…who get poor or no care. The chaos of the NHS is now reaching into the very young.

      In their system if they mandate inoculations….NHS has to pay for all to receive them. They can’t pay for it so the kids go unprotected.

      We won’t even mention the fact that old fashioned ‘Wards” as we knew them pre1960s with scads of people sharing their own diseases with their ward mates are still the norm there. All open. Where my father in law was, even the wards between the men and women had an open area near the ceiling between the two wards and no wall at all facing the nurses station.

      God forbid Obama-non-care succeeds here. We can all bend over and kiss our backsides goodbye.


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