Special Focus Dialogue: Patient-centred cancer care at every age

Union for International Cancer Control


Special Focus Dialogue: Patient-centred cancer care at every age

The global ageing population is a hallmark of successful development. The proliferation of policies and programmes to protect and promote health has delivered substantial declines in infant and adult mortality, and extended global average life expectancy from 64.2 years in 1990 to 72.6 years in 2019.

In many places around the world, however, increases in healthy life expectancy have not kept pace and an increasing number of adults, and older adults in particular, are living with cancer and one or more health conditions.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has recognised this and calls for health for all, at all ages, as a crucial element of sustainable social, economic, and environmental development. But these calls have not translated into the national and regional action we need. As the number of adults over the age of 65 continues to increase, so too does the number of older adults living with one or more non-communicable disease (NCD).

Building on a forthcoming report, this Virtual Dialogue will explore how we can better integrate care for people with cancer and other NCDs, with particular focus on the needs of older adults. It will explore how countries and institutions are building systems around patients and populations, and what roles all members of the cancer and NCD community can play in delivering patient-centred cancer care at all ages.

Thursday 30th September, 15:00-16:00 CEST

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