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Fear is cancer patients top concern, analysis reveals

Fear is the top concern for cancer patients according to large care plan analysis revealed today, by a cancer charity.

The data from Macmillan Cancer Supportreveals the top ten issues which concern people with cancer.  After fear or anxiety, tiredness/exhaustion, sleep problems/nightmares, pain, eating or appetite, and anger or frustration follow on the list.

It continues with getting around (walking) as well as memory or concentration, hot flushes/sweating, and a sore or dry mouth.

Juliet Bouverie, director of services and influencing at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “If we are serious about getting cancer care right in this country, everyone with the disease must receive a holistic needs assessment to identify their concerns, a quality consultation to discuss and address these, and access to support services which will help them to manage their condition and live well beyond the traditional follow-up period.

“It's no good papering over the cracks any longer, we need a complete system overhaul,” she said.

The analysis, launched at the Cancer Outcomes Conference in Belfast today, takes data from almost 4,000 care plans based on Electronic Holistic Needs Assessments (eHNA) and reveals for the first time the top ten concerns of people with cancer after diagnosis.