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End of life care needs for urological cancers not being met

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Commissioners of end of life care need to do more to ensure the needs and wishes of people with urological cancers are met, according to a report by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network.

Every year 16,000 people in England die from urological cancers, including 8,600 from prostate cancer and 4,100 from bladder cancer. A further 5,000 deaths have a urological cancer as a contributory factor.

The End of Life in Urological Cancers study was the first to look at how the type of urological cancer people have and factors such as age, sex and social deprivation affect whether they die at home, in a hospital, hospice or nursing home.

Although end of life care for people with urological cancers is challenging, the report says that with effective management of their multiple health issues and complications it should be possible for more of these patients to die at home, if they wish.

Director of the National End of Life Care Programme, Claire Henry said: “End of life care needs to be considered and discussed as part of the overall care for people living with a urological cancer.

“Everyone should have access to high quality care at the end of their lives, and services should be tailored to the needs of local populations so that more people are able to die in the place of their choosing.”

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