The Covid-19 pandemic is having a profound effect on those living with cancer. Despite the best efforts of incredible hard-working NHS staff, there has been disruption to services that has created a backlog of cancer care, with the government estimating there are 30,000 people who had. yet to receive a cancer diagnosis last year.
Using the government's monthly cancer waiting times data from last year, Macmillan estimates there are around 75 missing cancer diagnoses in Broadland. It's clear that Covid-19 is taking a growing toll on people with cancer, with many facing anxiety, disruption to care, and the prospect of going through their cancer journey alone. But Macmillan is here every step of the way and is trying to ensure that everyone who needs their free support can access it:
- Speak to your GP about any potential cancer symptoms or visit the Macmillan Cancer Support webpage.
- If you need support as the pandemic continues, check out the Macmillan Cancer Support webpage (link above) for advice, support, or just a listening ear.
- 1 in 5 people with cancer have been left feeling depressed because of Covid-19. The Macmillan Support Line is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm on 0808 808 00 00.