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New poll reveals concerns over cancer treatment in Northern Ireland

By Victoria O'Hara

Seven out of 10 people in Northern Ireland have concerns over how the pain of a terminally ill loved one would be managed during cancer treatment, a new survey has revealed.

The Marie Curie poll showed that 45% of Northern Ireland respondents would also be worry that a loved one would not have access to round-the-clock care and support if diagnosed with a terminal illness.

The survey conducted across the UK, asked people about the types of worries they would have if faced with having to care for a loved one.

In Northern Ireland 69% of respondents said they would be concerned that pain resulting from the illness would not be managed correctly. This compared to 51% in England, 45% in Scotland and 42% in Wales.

Dr Jane Collins, Marie Curie chief executive, said: "Care from loved ones is vital for people who are living with a terminal illness and helps them to live well for as long as possible.

"If we don't recognise and support carers, there will be severe consequences for people who are terminally ill, their loved ones, and the Health Service. We need to get this right as a society."

The findings of the poll were published ahead of a Marie Curie special event yesterday to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal at Stormont.

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