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Cornish Cancer Patients Relying on Charity for Clothes

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 7th July 2012.

It's revealed Cornish cancer patients are being forced to rely on handouts to clothe themselves.

Pirate FM has learnt almost a third of people in the Duchy who got a grant from Macmillan Cancer Support last year used the money to buy new clothes, because of a change in weight or shape due to treatment. That is more than was spent travelling to hospital or on food.

The charity has handed out almost £11,000 here in the last year.

Spokeswoman Claire Monks said, "It's just terrible really that people have to worry about financial issues at a time when really they should be concentrating on their health. One of the issues is that people don't know there's help and support available, mitigating the effects of having an often dehabilitating illness that cancer can be.

"Perhaps they've lost weight because of surgery, they've gained weight because of their treatment or their shape has changed, maybe, because of a mastectomy. The fact that they're having to rely on charity, on Macmillian grants, it's fantastic that we're able to support them in that way but it's really quite shocking".

The Macmillian helpline number for advice on grants and benefits is 01237 425939.

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