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The number of older cancer patients will rocket in the next two decades, experts have predicted. Cancer Research UK said the number of older people diagnosed with cancer each year could rise by 80% by 2035. It reported that 130,000 British people over the age of 75 currently get cancer…
An "institutionalised regime" of prescribing and administering opioids without medical justification at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital shortened the lives of more than 450 people, an inquiry has found. An additional 200 patients were "probably" similarly affected between 1989 and 2000, when taking into account missing records, according to a…
The parents of baby Charlie Gard, who died after being at the centre of a High Court treatment battle, have launched a foundation to provide a "brighter future" for other sick children. Connie Yates and Chris Gard (pictured) say the Charlie Gard Foundation aims to invest in research and provide…
A crackdown on "rip-off" pre-paid funeral plan providers who prey on the vulnerable has been signalled by the Government. The Treasury is proposing bringing the sector under the regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) after evidence showed elderly people are being "pressured, harassed and misled" by some operators. Action…
The Duchess of Cambridge has described how she cherishes moments like playing outside with her children in a letter of support for "remarkable" children's hospices. Kate wrote the letter in her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each) to mark Children's Hospice Week. The national awareness initiative is…
The Government is "losing control of cancer care", with waiting times for treatment soaring over the past eight years, Labour has said. Research carried out by the party found that one patient waited 541 days for treatment following a GP referral in 2017 - against a target of 62 days.…
Prue Leith has shared her backing for assisted dying after watching her own brother endure a "very painful, miserable death". The Great British Bake Off judge has revealed she is supporting Guernsey's step towards legalising assisted dying when its parliament debates whether to allow terminally ill people to end their…
A politician debating whether to legalise assisted dying in Guernsey has been criticised for his "crass" and "ignorant" comments to campaigners. The Channel Island could become the only place in the British Isles to allow the terminally ill to end their lives with the help of a doctor if the…
Three Court of Appeal judges have refused to allow journalists to name a pensioner who is in the "end stage" of dementia and has been at the centre of a dispute in the specialist Court of Protection. Lady Justice Arden, Lady Justice Sharp and Lord Justice Peter Jackson have upheld…
A campaign is being launched to encourage people to talk about death in a bid to break the taboo of preparing for bereavement. The Co-op said it is holding the biggest ever survey into dying with the aim of engaging at least 20,000 adults over the next few weeks. Research…
Schwartz Center Rounds® were created from an idea by Kenneth B. Schwartz - who passed away in 1995 from lung cancer, aged 40. A few months before Kenneth B. Schwartz passed away, Schwartz wrote an essay about the feelings of receiving compassionate care and shared this experience suggesting that everyone…
A terminally ill man is to begin an Appeal Court challenge against a "blanket ban" on assisted dying. Motor neurone disease sufferer Noel Conway, who says he feels "entombed" by his illness, is fighting a legal battle for the right to a "peaceful and dignified" death. The 68-year-old retired lecturer…
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