Surge in patients needing counselling after cancer appointments cancelled

The community’s leading cancer charity has warned it is seeing a surge in people needing counselling sessions because of cancelled appointments.

Chai Cancer Care has revealed that the number of counselling sessions given in the past year since the start of the pandemic has increased by a third.

It comes after a group of 47 cancer charities issued an unprecedented warning that cancer deaths will rise unless urgent action is taken to clear the backlog.

The chief executive of Chai, Lisa Steele, said the charity had been on the receiving end of an “inevitable surge” of new clients. In the past year, the service has seen 591 new clients.

“Our clients are experiencing an added layer of trauma due to postponed or cancelled cancer appointments, surgeries and screenings,” she said.

“In addition to this, the loss of social interaction over the last year has been a tremendous source of pressure and anxiety for our clients when they are at their most vulnerable.

“Recognising that many of our clients do not have the luxury of time we are looking to increase our team of counsellors to ensure that we can continue caring for each client who turns to us at a time when they need it most.”

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