Cancer patients 'left hungry'

An "alarming" number of cancer patients are left to go hungry in hospitals and want to drop out of treatment because of the way they were dealt with by staff, a charity has warned.

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Patient: I was so hungry as I'd not eaten for 24 hours

Breast cancer survivor Vicky Ayech, said she had not eaten for 24 hours when she was in hospital for surgery on her breast.

The 67-year-old from Hertfordshire added:

I was taken up to the ward by 8.30pm after surgery on my breast - I was so hungry as I'd not eaten for 24 hours.

I was given a menu but didn't get any food until 11pm, and then it was only bread and jam.

After such an experience with nurses busy and impatient, I got myself discharged the next morning, earlier than was wise in retrospect.

– Breast cancer survivor Vicky Ayech

Survey sheds 'worrying light' on parts of the NHS

A poll conducted on 350 cancer patients treated in the last two years found that as many as one in 17 suffered blunders surrounding their medication.

This included getting the wrong drugs or being administered incorrect doses.

This survey sheds a worrying light on the sub-culture within some parts of the NHS where bad patient experience is acceptable. We have seen this at its worst in the case of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust exposed in the Francis Inquiry.

What staff need is the time and space to truly care for patients and to be given the tools to do this.

– Ciaran Devane, Macmillan Cancer Support

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'Alarming' number of cancer patients left to go hungry

A charity has warned over the "alarming" number of cancer patients who are left to go hungry in hospitals, and want to drop out of treatment because of the way they were dealt with by staff.

"Alarming" number of cancer patients left to go hungry Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

One third of cancer patients in hospital were forced to ask for extra food, a new poll by Macmillan Cancer Support found.

More than 5% of patients said they felt like stopping their treatment early because of the way hospital staff dealt with them.

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