LISTEN: High Number of Cancer Patients Living in Isolation in Dorset
7:17am 11th February 2013
Concerns have been raised over the high number of cancer patients living in isolation in Dorset.
A report published today (Monday 11th February) by MacMillan Cancer Support found 1 in 4 across of the 5650 newly diagnosed cancer patients in Dorset - an estimated 1350 patients each year - lack support from family and friends during their treatment and recovery.
Of these, an estimated 300 people each year - will receive no help whatsoever, facing cancer completely alone.
Claire Monk's from the Charity told Wessex FM at the most serious level isolation can be life threatening - click below to hear more.
MacMillan Cancer Support say isolation also occurs when friends and family end up avoiding a person who's been diagnosed because they don't know how to approach the situation.
Claire says MacMillan wants health professionals and family and friends to play a bigger part in helping people affected by the disease.
To read the Facing the Fight Alone report, or to find out more about the Not Alone campaign, click here.
Anyone affected by this story can call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm) or visit their website here.