Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

Cancer Services Coming of Age


People in later life who develop cancer are less likely to be fairly assessed than they would be if they were young according to Macmillan Cancer Support. On the BBC Today programme 20.12.12 Les Scaife, now in his eighties, who is a breast cancer patient, explained his diagnosis and Professor Mike Richards, national cancer director for the department of health, gave his view on the findings of the Cancer Services Coming of Age Report published today. To hear the programme again follow this link http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9780000/9780175.stm

This is why our Advoccy support project is so very important to those older people without a voice. Our project aims to make a real difference to individual people struggling with the effects of cancer on their lives by supporting them to speak out and get their views heard on decisions relating to treatment and care. Advocacy is available to anyone over the age of 50 years who feels that they are not being listened to or are being written off as too old for treatment. An advocate will listen to the person, support them to voice their wishes and ensure they are given choices based on care needs not age.

We have already recruited and trained over 50 people to work with vulnerable older people affected by cancer, and lets face it who would not be vulnerable when faced with a cancer diagnosis of themselves or someone close? People like Bob Smith of Dorset and Evelyn Brown of Gateshead, both wanted to give something back and use their experience of cancer to support others. If you know someone we could support or wish to learn more about how to volunteer with us then please get in touch with one of our team below:-

Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre, Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8 5AB. Telephone: 01704 538411

Andrew Booth Chief Executive andrew@spacadvocacy.org.uk
Helen Vernon Advocate Helen@spacadvocacy.org.uk
Margaret Lambert Vol Co-ordinator Margaret@spacadvocacy.org.uk

Dorset Advocacy, 3 Princes Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1TP. Telephone: 0300 111 3303

Mike Pochin  mike@dorsetadvocacy.co.uk
Chris Harker christopher@dorsetadvocacy.co.uk
Jeanette Croft  jeanette@dorsetadvocacy.co.uk

Help & Care, Pokesdown Centre, 896 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6DL.Telephone: 0300 111 3303

Kathleen Gillett Kathleen.gillett@helpandcare.org.uk

Age UK Gateshead, 341 – 343 High Street, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 1EQ. Telephone: 0191 477 559

Alan Davison alan.davison@ageukgateshead.org.uk

Beth Johnson Foundation, Parkfield House, 64 Princes Street, Stoke on Trent. ST4 7JL. Telephone: 01782 844036

Kath Curley  kath@bjf.org.uk
Betty Machin betty@bjf.org.uk
Jo Swinsford jo@bjf.org.uk

If anyone would like further information about the project then please contact Kath Parson on 01543 490861 or email her at kathryn.parson@btinternet.com


Author: kathparson

Chief Executive of Older People's Advocacy Alliance (UK)

2 thoughts on “Cancer Services Coming of Age

  1. I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This paragraph posted at this web page is actually good.


    • Hello Ethel
      Welcome to our world. Glad you like the site. We are really busy planning for the future, writing bids for funds and generally celebrating the good work our partners are doing supporting people affected by cancer. You take care and keep tuning in.


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