One in eight cancer patients 'rarely visited' by family

The charity Macmillan has launched a campaign to tackle isolation in cancer patients as a report reveals one in five lack support from their loved ones.

Macmillan's 'Facing the Fight Alone' report found one in eight (12%) of people living with cancer surveyed haven't had a single visit from friends or family in over six months.

The report also revealed that this lack of support for some cancer patients means:

  • Over half (53%) of isolated patients have skipped meals or not eaten properly
  • More than one in 10 (11%) have missed medical appointments
  • One in six (18%) have been unable to pick up prescriptions for their medication


Cancer patients' isolation 'crisis'

Macmillan Cancer Support says some cancer patients in Wales are going hungry, missing medical appointments or even deciding to reject treatment because of a lack of support from their friends and family.