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Import of nurse role in cancer rehab highlighted

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Sufferers of breast cancer need more emotional and psychosocial support by nurses and healthcare professionals, according to new survey findings.

A survey of 367 women with advanced breast cancer, carried out by the US cancer support organisation, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organisation, showed that over half the women questioned were dissatisfied with the information provided by healthcare professionals.

It also showed that 22% of women were unhappy with the care they had received and 41% said they were not explained their options clearly.

The survey also indicated the concerns and anxieties of sufferers, with three quarters suffering from depression and 94% experiencing weakness and fatigue.

Margaret Kirk, chief executive of the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organisation said: ‘This survey identifies psychosocial support as a high priority for women, one that should be pursued in tandem with the search for more effective and better-tolerated treatments.’

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