This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Cancer patients are 'lonely' finds study

Written by: | Published:

Many cancer patients desire more support Many cancer patients desire more support

Over four fifths of cancer patients say they feel alone, a study by Macmillan Cancer Support has found.

The survey of 1011 people found that 84% people living with cancer who are lonely are ‘putting on a brave face’ rather than admitting they feel alone. Additionally, it found that one in three people affected by cancer felt lonely or isolated, but 88% ‘wouldn’t want to make their feelings someone else’s problem.’

‘We know that if you’re living with cancer and feeling lonely, it can have a devastating impact, with many people forced to skip meals or attend vital appointments alone,’ said Jacqui Graves, head of health and social care at Macmillan Cancer Support. ‘At worst this can result in patients refusing treatment altogether.’

The survey also found that around one in seven felt embarrassed talking about feeling alone while roughly one in 12 would be worried that they would be seen or treated differently if they did. Additionally, one in 10 reported that they did not know where to find support.

‘That’s why it’s so important people reach out and get support. There is an army of people within the cancer community who can help, no one has to face cancer alone. If I’ve got one piece of advice, it’s don’t suffer in silence,’ added Ms Graves.

The charity is urging cancer patients to visit its Online Community website. This is a forum that healthcare professionals can recommend to patients to share their cancer experiences, ask questions and support other people affected by cancer.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Comments

Name
 
Email
 
Comments
 

Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code
 

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.