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Cancer patients reluctant to bother overworked NHS staff

Cancer patients are suffering side-effects of treatment in silence because they are afraid of bothering overworked NHS staff, a new survey reveals.

More than two thirds of newly diagnosed cancer patients questioned by Macmillan Cancer Support said they are not getting all the help they need - estimated to be about 300,000 people across the UK.

About a fifth of the 6,905 people in the survey said the healthcare professionals caring for them seemed to have "unmanageable" workloads.

These patients were a third more likely to have physical and emotional needs that were not being addressed, such as depression, anxiety, pain and trouble sleeping, the charity said.

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Source: The Telegraph, 22 October 2019


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