Four out of five nurses think the needs of people living with or after having cancer are not being met, according to a survey by charity Macmillan Cancer Support and HSJ sister magazine Nursing Times.

The survey found nurses are concerned that after initial cancer treatment, 92 per cent of patients experience physical problems and 96 per cent experience emotional problems, but these needs are not addressed.

Money worries

Services they feel are not available on the NHS include advice on how to adjust to having cancer and undergoing treatment, on returning to work and on how to cope financially.

Respondents to the survey said 78 per cent of patients had money worries.

Two out of three nurses surveyed who said they had received training to help care for people with cancer felt it had given them an adequate knowledge and understanding of the needs of people with cancer.