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Plea for cancer survivors

Monday June 22nd, 2015

Successful treatment of early cancer does not guarantee patients a long and healthy life, campaigners warned yesterday.

A UK-based study has found that fewer than a third of these patients live in relatively good health after their treatment.

Researchers found that about a third reported poor health.

Many go on to develop cancer again while others suffer from other long-term conditions, according to the study by Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity says the findings highlight the need for patients to have a comprehensive plan for continuing support after treatment ends.

As an example, the study showed that 66% of men with prostate cancer who are diagnosed in good time before the cancer spreads will survive for seven years are more.

But after seven years, some 53% of these men report poor health.

Juliet Bouverie, from the charity, said: “Improvements to survival rates – while not as advanced as they should be – mean that people may live for years, even decades after their diagnosis. But many are living with the consequences of their cancer treatment.

"Our health system has to recognise that people with cancer still have needs years after they are currently being discharged from active treatment."

Tags: Cancer | Men's Health | UK News

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