Thousands of cancer patients 'feel alone'
Published: 07 Mar 2013
Many thousands of cancer patients in the UK are left feeling alone in their fight against the disease, a new study has suggested.
Research by Macmillan estimates that one in four newly-diagnosed cancer patients - around 70,000 people in the UK - need to manage their recovery and treatment on their own, as they receive no help from family or friends.
The survey also revealed that the majority of British doctors have had patients that refused treatment due to a lack of support.
Macmillan chief executive Ciaran Devane said that isolation can have a hugely negative impact on people living with cancer and these latest figures are just the tip of the iceberg.
"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," he added.
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