Health & Fitness Cancer CRISIS: 'Countless lives will be lost' as patients ignore symptoms to protect NHS

10:45  07 april  2021
10:45  07 april  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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It comes as national figures show cancer referrals by GPs have fallen by two thirds since the outbreak started. Lynsey Robson, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse for North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We really want to encourage awareness and increase the vigilance in terms Lynsey added: “These symptoms could be a sign of many things, but people are not wasting anyone's time by having them checked out. If you’re concerned your symptoms may be cancer , please contact your GP.” “There’s support out there, and people can visit websites such as Macmillan, who have a lot

NHS England data shows delays for cancer treatment in May were the worst on record, with more than three in ten patients still waiting to start therapy more than two months after being referred by their GP. This cancer crisis is real and it’s not going away. The longer we ignore it, the more people will die. I am terrified by the apparent lack of urgency in jumping in to put a plan in place. NHS staff are working tirelessly on the front line and have been for months, this is not a criticism of their work.

Experts now fear a huge surge in those presenting with late-stage cancer symptoms because many with telltale signs failed to seek help. It is thought too many decided to stay home, save lives and protect the NHS rather than get checked out themselves. Estimates suggest as many as 45 percent with possible cancer symptoms failed to contact their GP during the first wave of the pandemic between March and August.

It meant suspected cancer referrals fell by 350,000 compared to the same period in 2019.

The crisis - described as a "national emergency" - could prove deadly to tens of thousands who have the disease but have not been diagnosed.

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Patients with cancer are having their operations cancelled by hospitals with increasing regularity as the NHS winter crisis deepens, the Observer can reveal. In an alarming escalation, the previously unthinkable step of calling off cancer surgery has become more commonplace in the last fortnight, as a A more sustainable approach to funding our health and social care services is urgently needed.” An NHS England spokesman said: “Everyone in the NHS will be pulling out all the stops to make sure all patients get their surgery as quickly as possible. There has been a steady increase in operations

Professor Karol Sikora, Daily Express columnist and former director of the World Health Organization cancer programme, said: "While ministers devise evermore costly and unnecessary schemes such as vaccine passports and mass testing, the non-Covid health crisis is raging. Politicians need to get their priorities straight.

"Tens of thousands of additional people have cancer, but don't know it. That is a national emergency, yet ministers are almost totally silent. History will judge our response to the non-Covid health crisis as woefully inadequate and it will have cost countless lives."

He added: "Using a fraction of the billions [being spent on mass testing and vaccine passports] to seriously ramp up cancer awareness would save many lives.

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Cancer patients in England are missing out on basic information about their diseases because of staff shortages in the NHS , a charity has warned. Macmillan Cancer Support said at least 120,000 patients a year felt topics including treatments and side effects were not fully explained. Macmillan warned that without this information and support, patients "may feel uncertain about treatment, feel forced to give up a job or feel unsure about how to prepare for the impact cancer might have on them physically, financially and emotional".

But symptoms can be controlled and the spread of the cancer can be slowed using a combination of treatments. Your treatment team. If you're diagnosed with bowel cancer , you'll be cared for by a multidisciplinary team, including Before having surgery, the care team will advise you about whether it may be necessary to form an ileostomy or colostomy, and the likelihood of this being temporary or permanent. There are patient support groups for people who've just had or are about to have a stoma. You can get more details from your stoma care nurse, or visit the groups online for further information.

"The cancer crisis is here and it's costing lives. Let's focus on solving that."

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Statistics suggest that even a four-week delay in cancer treatment increases the risk of death by up to 8 percent.

The number of patients urgently referred for lung cancer fell by one third since the start of the Covid crisis.

Between March last year and January around 20,300 fewer people were urgently referred in England compared to the same period the year before.

And 9 percent - around 2,600 patients - started treatment for the disease between April last year and January.

The non-Covid health emergency does not solely relate to cancer.

More than 34,000 people with dementia have died from Covid since the pandemic struck while deaths of care home residents, where at least 70 percent have dementia, are 30 percent higher than previously thought at 12,000 since January alone.

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Thousands of patients are facing life -threatening delays for vital cancer scans, operations and ambulances, damning figures reveal. NHS targets are being missed across the board and waiting times for some procedures are at their worst in seven years. Experts said the health service was ‘failing’ ‘The waiting list is at a seven-year high, A&E departments are in crisis and the cancer treatment target has been continually missed.’ The figures also showed that in the last three months, more than 337,000 patients waited longer than four hours in casualty including 130 who were languishing on trolleys for

" Countless people have told us how they felt disrespected and lost all control of their care while treated under the act," he said. And even doctors acknowledged change was needed. Royal College of Psychiatrists president Prof Wendy Burn said detention was clearly "incredibly stressful" for patients Prime Minister Theresa May said the review would be used to make changes to the legislation. "The disparity in our mental health services is one of the burning injustices this country faces that we must put right," she said. "For decades, it has somehow been accepted that if you have a mental illness you

Campaigners said they were still waiting for Health Secretary Matt Hancock to honour his promise to double the amount of taxpayer cash for dementia research. He said if the Tories won the 2019 General Election the UK would spend a total of £1.6 billion over the next decade - equal to an extra £83 million a year.

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But his pledge - revealed in an exclusive interview with the Daily Express in November 2019 - has yet to be honoured, sparking anger.

Fiona Carragher, of Alzheimer's Society, said: "People with dementia have been worst hit by the pandemic, with the catastrophic toll stretching far beyond deaths directly from the virus.

A year's isolation has seen people go downhill terrifyingly quickly, families watching helplessly as loved ones lose the ability to talk, feed themselves, even forgetting who they are. Meanwhile, drops in dementia diagnosis rates and referrals to memory clinics mean thousands of people are living without the vital support they need to live well with dementia.

"While it's been wonderful to see families' happy reunions as care homes reopen to visitors, much more support is needed for people with dementia and those who care for them."

Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "It's been well over a year since the Government pledged to boost dementia research, but with no real indication this funding is being delivered, it's time for this promise to be backed with clear action.

"While it's right the response to the pandemic has had to take priority, dementia is our greatest long-term health crisis and the lives of people affected by dementia are being torn apart by Covid. The search for life-changing dementia treatments has never been more critical."

Backlog of NHS patients after Covid-19 pandemic will cost lives, charities warn .
There are large and growing backlogs and potentially thousands more excess deathsCovid-19 has created a logjam of care for heart disease, stroke and cancer patients with charities and experts warning the health service will have to operate above pre-pandemic levels to clear waiting lists.

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