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NHS cancer treatment 'failing Scottish patients'

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A new report suggests that the NHS in Scotland needs to improve its provision of cancer treatment.

Researchers at the University of Stirling's Cancer Care Research Centre (CCRC) found that, while treatment for the disease itself is largely good, Scotland's cancer care could be improved if services focussed on the overall experience of patients as well as their disease.

Nora Kearney, professor of cancer care, said that the NHS is "still failing people with cancer in Scotland".

"We have to treat the person as well as the disease," she claimed.

"This means that as well as making sure people in Scotland can have the best medical management for their cancer we must also provide support for the social and psychological issues that people with cancer have identified as being important to them."

Many patients reported feeling disrespected and isolated and lung cancer patient Peter, from Glasgow, welcomed the research.

"Everyone diagnosed with cancer wants the best possible treatment, but they also want and deserve the best possible care. They are not necessarily the same thing," he noted.

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Private hospital news : 15/08/2008


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