SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A LETTER CAN REDUCE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF SOCIAL ISOLATION SUFFERED BY CANCER PATIENTS

March 11, 2017

SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A LETTER CAN REDUCE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF SOCIAL ISOLATION SUFFERED BY CANCER PATIENTS

 

 

 

 

Southampton University’s 2016 report, written with Macmillan Cancer Support, concluded that cancer patients feeling socially isolated are three times more likely to suffer from depression. Lead researcher Professor Claire Foster said: 'People can feel isolated following their treatment and those with limited social support are at greater risk.’

A similar study in 2013 found that one in four people will lack support from friends and family during their treatment.

One cancer patient said: ‘Something as simple as a card or letter makes you feel reconnected again. Knowing that someone is thinking of you can change your whole outlook on the day.’

From Me to You aims to overcome this sense of social isolation by encouraging us to write letters to friends with cancer - keeping them connected at a time when they feel most disconnected. Read here how their letter writing workshops make a difference.

For more detail on the report:

 

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/documents/aboutus/mac13970_isolated_cancer_patients_media_reportfinal.pdf

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