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Cancer patients need better social care, warns charity

Macmillan says 160,000 people living with the disease are housebound due to a lack of support and more should be done to make sufferers aware of help.

Only one in five people with cancer receive any kind of formal support, with many left housebound or unable to wash or dress themselves, a charity has warned.

Macmillan Cancer Support said that with more ​people continuing to live with the disease, many have social care needs that must be recognised and dealt with.

It estimated that more than 100,000 people with the condition are constantly or often unable to wash themselves, dress or go to the toilet.

The charity said its research had also found an estimated 160,000 people are often or always left housebound due to a lack of support.

“People at all stages of the disease are lacking the care and support they desperately need, with devastating consequences for their health and dignity,” the report warns.

“This lack of dignity is contributing to the huge emotional toll that cancer can inflict. People are living with constant feelings of fear, anger and isolation, not to mention depression and anxiety.”