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50% of cancer patients 'dissatisfied' with PIP process

Almost half of cancer patients are unhappy with the process of obtaining the new Personal Independence Payment benefit.

Macmillan Cancer Support said their survey showed 47% of patients were dissatisfied with the process - a third because of the delays and almost a quarter (23%) because of "poor communication from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Cancer sufferers have criticised the Department for Work and Pensions over benefits delays. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Macmillan's head of policy Duleep Allirajah said: "Our report shows the real and shattering impact of these PIP delays are having on cancer patients.

"It is unacceptable that people struggle to heat their homes, are saddled with debt or are left anxious or depressed because they are waiting so long for their much-needed benefits."

Cancer patients 'made to wait 6 months for benefits'

Benefits delays are leaving thousands of cancer patients forced to wait months to find out if they will receive help, a charity has found.

A survey from Macmillan Cancer Support found 4,500 cancer patients had been made to wait six months or more for a decision on whether they will get the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The charity said the poll had shown the "shattering" impact of the problems with the introduction of PIP, which has replaced Disability Living Allowance.

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Charity: No one should wait three months to see GP

No one "should be waiting three months" to see a doctor about their possible cancer symptoms, Cancer Research UK said.

This research highlights how incredibly important it is that everyone is aware of the wide range of cancer symptoms, and has the confidence to tell their doctor.

The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the higher the chance of survival and it's essential that people report any symptoms promptly to their GP. No one should be waiting three months before booking an appointment.

– Sara Hiom, director of early diagnosis at Cancer Reserach UK

Read: One in five cancer patients wait over three months before GP visit

Patients in 'deprived areas most likely to delay GP visit'

Cancer patients in "the most deprived areas are the most likely to delay" seeing a doctor about their symptoms, the co-director of the King's College London's Early Presentation Group said.

People in the most deprived areas 'are most likely to delay' seeing a doctor about their symptoms. Credit: Reuters

Dr Lindsay Forbes, lead author on the report, said: "This research highlights that we must do more to make sure the public recognises key symptoms of cancer like unexplained pain, unusual bleeding or weight loss, as well as a lump and make sure they get these checked out as soon as possible

"Although a worrying number of patients across society are waiting too long to go to their doctor, it is those in the most deprived areas that are most likely to delay."

The research found that almost half of prostate cancer patients and 37% of rectal cancer patients reported a delay of three months or more between first noticing the symptoms to going to see a doctor while only 8% of breast cancer patients waited this long.

Embarrassment, worrying about wasting a doctor's time and not realising their symptoms were serious were among the most common reasons for delay.

Read: One in five cancer patients wait over three months before GP visit

Study: 21% of cancer patients delayed doctor visit

One in five cancer patients wait over three months before visiting a doctor about their symptoms, a new study suggests.

Twenty one percent of cancer patients waited over three months before seeing a doctor. Credit: Reuters

Twenty one percent of patients in the study waited for at least 90 days before raising the issue with a medical professional.

Patients with prostate cancer and rectal cancer were most likely to delay while breast cancer patients were the least likely, according to the research published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Researchers surveyed 2,371 patients with 15 different cancers about the symptoms that had led to diagnosis.

'Immunotherapy' drug hopes for cancer victims

A man with the kind of skin cancer that often kills has made what doctors are calling a miraculous recovery.

The credit for his recovery has gone to a new "immunotherapy" drug treatment which strengthens the body's own immune system against cancer.

The treatment works by improving the body's own ability to fight cancer and as our Health Editor Catherine Jones, reports it could be extended to combating other forms of the disease.

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Wing walker's emotional tribute to Stephen Sutton

Ninety-four-year-old dare-devil pensioner Tom Lackey from Solihull is gearing up for his 30th wing walk from Land's End to the Scilly Isles, in the name of teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton.

The 19-year-old from Burntwood in Staffordshire lost his battle with the illness this week.

Mr Lackey is dedicating his latest stunt, scheduled for this Thursday, to Stephen. He told ITV News Central:

"He's done so much good and raised all this money and he would have done a wing walk. He always put his thumbs up in the air so when I do this one from Lands End to the Isles of Scilly I think I will put my thumbs up for him and imagine that he's with me."

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94-year-old wing walker flies high for Stephen Sutton

Tom Lackey in a previous wing-walk in 2012 Credit: ITV News Central

A 94-year-old man from Solihull is taking part in a wing-walk in memory of Stephen Sutton.

Over the years Tom Lackey has done a number of high-flying plane stunts, but he says he's been inspired to do one more by Stephen's story.

Despite not being able to walk unaided - Mr Lackey's next wing walk will be his 30th Credit: ITV News Central

The 19-year-old from Burntwood in Staffordshire lost his battle with bowel cancer this week.

His Just Giving page has now raised nearly £3,900,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stephen Sutton's legacy lives on as his fundraising total reaches nearly £3.9 million Credit: Just Giving

On Thursday the dare-devil pensioner will carry out his 30th wing walk, travelling from Lands End to the Isles of Scilly strapped to the top of a plane.

94-year-old Tom Lackey will have his thumbs up for Stephen throughout the high-flying stunt

Speaking at his home, the 94-year-old paid an emotional tribute to Stephen, saying he would have his thumbs up in the air for the teenager while carrying out the stunt, imagining the 19-year-old's up there with him.

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