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
dentist

More Cornish patients need an NHS dentist

Figures show over 15k are on the waiting list

drake in poldark

WATCH: Poldark star gets help with his 'Cornish'

He's been working on that accent between takes

Most read
shortlanesend crash

UPDATE: Car flips over in Cornwall crash

One man was taken to hospital as a precaution

gorse fire 1

PHOTOS: Giant gorse fire at Cornish beauty spot

Firefighters from Penzance to Looe were called

Top articles

Family 'followed' by naked man in Cornish town

Cornwall News: Searches in Padstow after he reportedly ran off

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.

800 Camden homes evacuated after Grenfell fire

National News: Camden Council have begun evacuating 800 households from five tower blocks amid fire safety concerns.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

The OC star Rachel Bilson is 'always open' for a reunion

Showbiz News: The OC star Rachel Bilson has reignited hopes for a show reunion by saying she is open to the idea.

Pentagon releases images of Russian jet buzzing RC-135 spy plane

World News: Photographs released by the US show a Russian SU-27 jet apparently flying within a few metres of an RC-135 spy plane.

Southampton appoint Mauricio Pellegrino as new manager

Sports News: Southampton have appointed Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Top South African ultra-marathon runner Bruce Fordyce robbed of trainers at gunpoint

Strange News: A top South African athlete has been mugged at gunpoint while out on his morning run.

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 Extra Footer LogoEscape 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.