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16 June 2017

 

Nearly 10,000 people diagnosed with cancer made 50 or more trips to hospital in the course of a year, according to an analysis published yesterday.

The figures were collected to highlight the difficulties and stresses faced by cancer patients undergoing extensive treatment.

The research shows that 3,500 patients spent 90 days or more of the year in hospital.

The figures, from 2014, were reported to the Cancer Data and Outcomes conference in Manchester yesterday by researchers from Macmillan Cancer Support and Public Health England.

They show that 25% of patients spent at least 30 days in hospital.

One Hodgkin's lymphoma patient spoke of his experiences.

Amrik Nagra, aged 24, said: 'When treatment started, I felt like I lost control. I’d just finished exams and was ready to start enjoying my life, then it was snatched away from me for a year. For six months I was in and out of hospital for appointments, tests, and chemotherapy sessions.

'Then, when I needed a bone marrow transplant, I had to stay in an isolation room for three weeks in a row.

'I’d had no idea how immense the impact on my life would be, but with the help of family, friends and trusted information and support from Macmillan, I was less anxious and scared.'

Professor John Newton, of Public Health England, said: 'This research highlights the importance of making in-depth data around cancer accessible to both the public and health professionals.

'Knowing more about what to expect can help people who are just diagnosed with cancer feel more in control, which can make a huge difference during this difficult time.'

 

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