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Charity says NHS must deal with “woeful lack of support” for colorectal cancer survivors

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6976 (Published 31 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6976

Re: Charity says NHS must deal with “woeful lack of support” for colorectal cancer survivors

As an oncologist specialising in prostate cancer, I have to say that elderly male patients with prostate cancer fare even worse in terms of support with social and psychological issues.

I often envy the amount of support available for female patients with breast cancer. With tongue firmly in cheek, I feel obliged to join the currently fashionable, social media bandwagon and term this lack of support to men as 'sexist' . At the same time, I also wish to thank the vocal, politically active, breast cancer lobby for raising the standards that should be expected by 'all ' cancer patients.

Competing interests: My clinical and research work predominately involves prostate cancer patients

07 January 2016
S Sundar
Consultant Clinical Oncologist
Nottingham University Hospital NHS trust