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Cold affects recovery from cancer

One in four cancer patients have been found to be suffering unnecessarily due to the cold weather, according to a leading cancer charity.

High heating bills have forced many patients to stay in bed to avoid the cold, despite the fact that some gentle activity can "improve well-being and reduce the likelihood of long-term health problems", according to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Professor Jane Maher, chief medical officer at Macmillan, said: "I see cancer patients suffering from exhaustion during and after treatment all the time. Add the factor of 'feeling cold' to exhaustion and you are left with seriously de-motivated cancer patients that can do little other than go back to bed to stay warm and conserve energy."

More than 80 per cent of the charity's health and social care workers agreed that living in the cold had a detrimental affect on the recovery process.

In a survey earlier this year, Macmillan found that 26 per cent of 974 people were recovering from cancer or undergoing treatment whilst living in fuel poverty.

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