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One in four cancer patients alone

12th February 2013

A report published by MacMillan Cancer Support had found almost a quarter of cancer patients who are newly diagnosed in the UK are not supported by family or friends.

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According to the Facing the Fight Alone report, 70,000 (23%) of the 325,000 people who received a new cancer diagnosis do not get help from relatives or friends.

The report showed 53% of health workers said they had the experience of patients not wanting to receive any treatment for their condition because they had no support.

The research also showed 89% of health workers said patients had "a poorer quality of life" because they were not supported by relatives and 56% said it could lead to "shorter life expectancy".

One in eight people with cancer had not been visited by family or friends in more than six months.

Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said the effects on people who had to face cancer alone were "truly shattering’.

"Patients are going hungry, missing medical appointments and even deciding to reject treatment altogether which could be putting their lives at risk — all because of a lack of support."

"But these figures are just the tip of the iceberg. As the number of people living with cancer is set to double from two to four million by 2030, isolation will become an increasing problem and we need to address this now."

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Anonymous

Wednesday 6th March 2013 @ 18:28

What appalling figures coming, as they do, from an advanced and high civilised country. Billions of Pounds are being spent for the healthcare, yet the admission that patients are going hungry, missing medical appointments and even reject treatment because they lack support, is truly sorrowful. Is this the result of our attachment to a very materialistic way of life?


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