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.

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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

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