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Treatment 'is not the only concern for cancer patients'

Peace of mind is more important to cancer patients than seeking additional information about treatment options.

The results of a new report which recorded the reasons sufferers called Cancer Research UK's helpline showed that only 11 per cent used the information to help them choose a treatment option for their disease.

Martin Ledwick, the charity's head information nurse, said because it was imperative that patients make informed decisions, it is easy to assume that people only want help regarding this matter.

"But this survey showed that many people who contact us have a fundamental need to understand their situation which is not related to making a choice," he added.

According to the report, 63 per cent wanted specific question answered, while 46 just sought a greater understanding of their overall situation.

The charity states that around 850 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every day.

 

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