Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Cornish Patients Battling Cancer Alone

news-pills-swine-flu.jpg
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

3:24pm 11th February 2013

Pirate FM has learnt one in four Cornish cancer patients are battling their illness with little help from family and friends.

According to new research by Macmillan Cancer Support, 150 patients in the Duchy are fighting cancer alone.

The charity is warning more than half of isolated patients have skipped meals or not eaten properly due to a lack of support at home.

Some have not been able to wash themselves properly or do household chores. More than one in ten had missed doctors or hospital appointments.

Iris Billings from St Austell lost her daughter Tanya to leukaemia at the age of 17.

Iris and her family later went on to set up 'The Tanya's Courage Trust' in her memory, to support teenagers and young people fighting cancer in Cornwall.

She said: "Support from family and friends is absolutely crucial. They get you by, day by day. I think it does have a detrimental effect on the outcome, because if you're totally alone, it's got to have an effect on your well being in your mind, as well as in your body.

"It is terribly isolating. You imagine just feeling so awful, because the treatment itself is so gruelling. To be completely on your own, with no family or friends around you, it must be just awful."

David Crosby, General Manager of Macmillan Cancer Support in Central and South West England said: "This research shows that isolation can have a truly shattering impact on people living with cancer. Patients are going hungry, missing medical appointments and even deciding to reject treatment altogether which could be putting their lives at risk all because of a lack of support.

"But these figures are just the tip of the iceberg. As the number of people living with cancer is set to double from two to four million by 2030, isolation will become an increasing problem and we need to address this now. That’s why we are launching a new campaign to help tackle this crisis and to ensure that in future, no-one faces cancer alone."

3:24pm 11th February 2013

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
health

Blood Cancer Drug Could Cut Patient Risk

It was trialled in Cornwall at Treliske hospital

joseph sciascia

WATCH: Race Against Time For Cornish Dad Dying Of Cancer

Joe Sciascia's family launch appeal to help him get married

Most read
coastguard helicopter

UPDATE: Woman Pulled From The Sea At Polzeath

She was airlifted to Treliske on Sunday but doctors could not save her

will young

WATCH: Bodmin's Will Young "Declines" Strictly Group Dance

Singer has apparently refused to appear on the final show

Top articles

UPDATE: Woman Pulled From The Sea At Polzeath

Cornwall News: She was airlifted to Treliske on Sunday but doctors could not save her

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

PM courting controversial bedfellows in Bahrain

National News: Theresa May is in Bahrain to "turbo-charge" the UK’s trade relationship with the Gulf region as Brexit looms.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Sculptor and painter Helen Marten wins 2016 Turner Prize

Showbiz News: The 2016 Turner Prize has been won by sculptor and painter Helen Marten.

Donald Trump's call with Taiwan president 'could undermine relations'

World News: The White House has warned that a phone conversation between Donald Trump and Taiwan's president could "undermine" relations between Washington and Beijing.

Grieving Brazilian town honours plane crash victims

Sports News: Thousands of people have attended a service at a football stadium in Brazil to pay tribute to those who died in a plane crash.

Giant foam 'blob' leaks from airport hangar and spreads in Santa Clara

Strange News: A giant 'blob' of foam has taken over the streets of a Californian town after leaking from an airport hangar.

Newer article

£100,000 To Tackle Childhood Obesity in Cornwall

Cornwall News: Warning without action children in poorer parts of the Duchy could die sooner

Older article

Army Puts Pupils Through Paces

Cornwall News: Veterans brought into Helston Community College to help teach and instill discipline

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate 2Escape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.