Cancer patients are left isolated

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MORE than one in five newly diagnosed cancer patients in South Yorkshire lack support from family and friends during their treatment and recovery, according to research by Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity found around 1,400 patients a year lack support, and 400 receive no help at all.

The Facing the Fight Alone report discovered 53 per cent of isolated patients have skipped meals, 27 per cent have not been able to wash themselves properly and 60 per cent have been unable to do household chores. More than one in 10 have missed medical appointments

Jane Rudge, Senior Macmillan Development Manager in South Yorkshire, said: “Isolation can have a truly shattering impact.”