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10222034173_0d066f4fb5_b.jpg?profile=RESIZE_400xWith treatment altered or surgery postponed, more cancer patients are seeking help for mental wellbeing from charities struggling to fund it

As the UK resigned itself to life under lockdown, Alyson Gibbons felt her world was falling apart. Two weeks earlier, doctors had told her that her breast cancer had returned and was no longer curable. “The little ray of hope was squashed, and it hit me hard,” she says. “I felt that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, like I had the day that I was first diagnosed.” Gibbons, 47, thanks the Wessex Cancer Trust, a local charity that narrowly survived a funding crisis in 2019, for piecing back together “the jigsaw of me that doctors and hospitals couldn’t complete”.


The Guardian

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