Hundreds of cancer sufferers fighting the disease alone

Daily Echo: Hundreds of cancer sufferers fighting the disease alone Hundreds of cancer sufferers fighting the disease alone

HUNDREDS of cancer patients in Southampton are forced to face the devastating disease with little or no support from loved ones, shocking statistics have revealed .

Latest figures from Macmillan Cancer Support have found that a quarter of all newly diagnosed patients in the city - around 250 a year - lack support from family and friends during one of the most traumatic times of their lives.

And of these around 50 sufferers each year receives no help whatsoever, facing their cancer battle completely alone and putting their lives at risk.

So in a bid to reduce the number of those fighting their battle alone, Macmillan are launching a new campaign to tackle the crisis which is set to get worse if action is not taken now.

The Facing the Fight Alone report found that the detrimental effects of isolation for those fighting cancer can be life-threatening, with more than half skipping meals.

More than one in four have not been able to wash themselves properly and 11 per cent have missed appointments to hospital or their GP.

The report also discovered the heartbreaking reality that one in eight cancer sufferers hadn't had a single visit from friends or family in over six months.

Such lack in support from their loved ones has resulted in more than half of health professionals having patients who opt not to have treatment and 56 per cent of believed isolation shortened life expectancy of their patients.

David Crosby, from the charity, said: “This research shows that isolation can have a truly shattering impact on people living with cancer.

“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.

“That's why we are launching a new campaign to help tackle this crisis and to ensure that in future, no-one faces cancer alone.”

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10:25am Fri 15 Feb 13

CharlieOxbridge says...

The NHS need to do more for Cancer patients. The accounts I have heard from people being treated for the disease is just appaling and something you would expect from poorer countries. Possibly because our services are being stretched to the limit.
The NHS need to do more for Cancer patients. The accounts I have heard from people being treated for the disease is just appaling and something you would expect from poorer countries. Possibly because our services are being stretched to the limit. CharlieOxbridge
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11:04am Fri 15 Feb 13

George4th says...

CharlieOxbridge wrote:
The NHS need to do more for Cancer patients. The accounts I have heard from people being treated for the disease is just appaling and something you would expect from poorer countries. Possibly because our services are being stretched to the limit.
In too many cases the relatives and friends opt out of their responsibilities - it is a sad indictment of our often selfish society.
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Macmillan do a brilliant job and we should all be thankful for their phenomenal efforts to care for our people. However, the relatives and friends must play their part. (I know many do)
[quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: The NHS need to do more for Cancer patients. The accounts I have heard from people being treated for the disease is just appaling and something you would expect from poorer countries. Possibly because our services are being stretched to the limit.[/p][/quote]In too many cases the relatives and friends opt out of their responsibilities - it is a sad indictment of our often selfish society. > Macmillan do a brilliant job and we should all be thankful for their phenomenal efforts to care for our people. However, the relatives and friends must play their part. (I know many do) George4th
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11:58am Fri 15 Feb 13

Rejoinder says...

Have to say that I received magnificent and caring treatmentfrom NHS when I was treated for Bowel Cancer 2 years ago. There's been enough anti NHS propoganda.
I was lucky enough to have the support of a loving family and great circle of friends. This initiative by Macmillan is a great thing. There are some very dark days through the treatment process - people need support.
Have to say that I received magnificent and caring treatmentfrom NHS when I was treated for Bowel Cancer 2 years ago. There's been enough anti NHS propoganda. I was lucky enough to have the support of a loving family and great circle of friends. This initiative by Macmillan is a great thing. There are some very dark days through the treatment process - people need support. Rejoinder
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1:08pm Fri 15 Feb 13

CharlieOxbridge says...

Rejoinder wrote:
Have to say that I received magnificent and caring treatmentfrom NHS when I was treated for Bowel Cancer 2 years ago. There's been enough anti NHS propoganda. I was lucky enough to have the support of a loving family and great circle of friends. This initiative by Macmillan is a great thing. There are some very dark days through the treatment process - people need support.
I am sorry it is not "propoganda". The mere suggestion that I am making this up angers me...
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I am very pleased that your treatment went smoothly but that certainly isn’t the service that a close family member of mine is getting nor is it a fellow work colleague received. I don’t wish to insinuate this but both persons were suffering from male specific cancers.
[quote][p][bold]Rejoinder[/bold] wrote: Have to say that I received magnificent and caring treatmentfrom NHS when I was treated for Bowel Cancer 2 years ago. There's been enough anti NHS propoganda. I was lucky enough to have the support of a loving family and great circle of friends. This initiative by Macmillan is a great thing. There are some very dark days through the treatment process - people need support.[/p][/quote]I am sorry it is not "propoganda". The mere suggestion that I am making this up angers me... . I am very pleased that your treatment went smoothly but that certainly isn’t the service that a close family member of mine is getting nor is it a fellow work colleague received. I don’t wish to insinuate this but both persons were suffering from male specific cancers. CharlieOxbridge
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2:39pm Fri 15 Feb 13

nosuchluck54 says...

CharlieOxbridge wrote:
Rejoinder wrote:
Have to say that I received magnificent and caring treatmentfrom NHS when I was treated for Bowel Cancer 2 years ago. There's been enough anti NHS propoganda. I was lucky enough to have the support of a loving family and great circle of friends. This initiative by Macmillan is a great thing. There are some very dark days through the treatment process - people need support.
I am sorry it is not "propoganda". The mere suggestion that I am making this up angers me...
.
I am very pleased that your treatment went smoothly but that certainly isn’t the service that a close family member of mine is getting nor is it a fellow work colleague received. I don’t wish to insinuate this but both persons were suffering from male specific cancers.
Unsure of the what the insinuation is meant to mean but i am having a "male specific cancer operation" next thursday and the treatment and care i have had from my doctor,consultant and nursing staff has been nothing short of outstanding and on the two occasions i haveneeded advice or support there has been someone from the NHS to assist.
[quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rejoinder[/bold] wrote: Have to say that I received magnificent and caring treatmentfrom NHS when I was treated for Bowel Cancer 2 years ago. There's been enough anti NHS propoganda. I was lucky enough to have the support of a loving family and great circle of friends. This initiative by Macmillan is a great thing. There are some very dark days through the treatment process - people need support.[/p][/quote]I am sorry it is not "propoganda". The mere suggestion that I am making this up angers me... . I am very pleased that your treatment went smoothly but that certainly isn’t the service that a close family member of mine is getting nor is it a fellow work colleague received. I don’t wish to insinuate this but both persons were suffering from male specific cancers.[/p][/quote]Unsure of the what the insinuation is meant to mean but i am having a "male specific cancer operation" next thursday and the treatment and care i have had from my doctor,consultant and nursing staff has been nothing short of outstanding and on the two occasions i haveneeded advice or support there has been someone from the NHS to assist. nosuchluck54
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