Support call for cancer patients
TOO many cancer patients face what is often the biggest battle of their lives alone, according to new research from Macmillan Cancer Support.
Almost one in five people diagnosed with the disease in Wales every year go without support from family and friends.
And Macmillan's Facing the Fight Alone report, which looks at experiences of isolated people living with cancer, found more than half of health professionals have even seen patients opt out of available treatment because they have no support at home.
Most of those health workers felt strongly that a lack of practical help or a listening ear led to patients making poor choices about their care, which cut their life expectancy.
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And for 18 per cent, that isolation seems to happen as a direct result of their diagnosis.
Macmillan is calling on health workers to take on board a series of recommendations set out in the report.