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Cancer needs neglected

19th May 2006

19052006_lonelyman1.jpgA new report by Macmillan Cancer Relief (now Macmillan Cancer Support) 'Worried Sick - the emotional impact of cancer' shows that many cancer patients feel 'abandoned' by the healthcare system when not in hospital; others find their relationships with family and friends damaged irrevocably. The survey shows the emotional impact of the disease to be more difficult to cope with than the physical or practical aspects. 

Six in ten people with cancer feel their emotional needs are not looked after as much as their physical requirements, and around four in ten were not able to get information, advice or support for the emotional aspects. The report found that almost half of patients experienced depression and three quarters suffered anxiety.

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