Despite the growing population of older cancer patients, there are a limited number of research projects and initiatives that focus on the experience of these patients. Further, cancer as experienced by different patient age groups has not been well-studied generally.
As such, Lymphoma Coalition (LC) saw the need in the 2019 Report Card on Lymphomas to examine the age-related lymphoma patient experience.
Using a subset of data from the LC 2018 Global Patient Survey on Lymphomas and CLL (LC 2018 GPS), this report specifically examines the experiences of lymphoma patients within the following age categories:
- Young (18-59)
- Mid (60-69)
- Old (70+)
Within each of these age-groupings, key patient-reported issues are highlighted, including:
- Informational needs and understanding levels
- Physical conditions and medical issues
- Psychosocial issues
- Patient-doctor communication
- Barriers to treatment (including therapy and clinical trial access)
This report identifies issues and challenges in each patient age-grouping, key issues that are consistent across age-groupings, and determines specific areas where patients require additional information and support.