One in four with cancer lack family and friend support
One in four people diagnosed with cancer in the UK will lack support from friends and family, research has shown.
Macmillan Cancer Support has found that more than half (53%) of healthcare professionals they surveyed said patients had decided to skip treatment altogether because they had no support from family or friends.
Macmillan’s‘Not Alone’ campaign aims to improve awareness of the emotional support that people with cancer need in order to reduce possible feelings of isolation due to the emotional, financial, practical and physical impact of the disease.
Macmillan produces patient information booklets which cover topics from money worries, to hair loss and how to get travel insurance.
Their information is written by experts, reviewed by people affected by cancer and certified by the Information Standard.
Macmillan cancer support also provides a free support line Monday to Fridays.
- To order free information for your patients and for details of your nearest information centre, visit macmillan.org.uk/patientsupport
- Macmillan Support Line, 0808 808 00 00, open Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm.
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