A Daddy of four died after his cancer surgery was postponed due to the pandemic had the chance to spend more time with his family “snapped away from him”, his daughter has said.
Pete Sharp, 60, was diagnosed with lung cancer in January and was due to have surgery.
But the day before his operation, he was told it would have to be cancelled as the intensive care bed he would need for recovery was being used to treat COVID patients.
He died on 27 April 2020 devastating his family and breaking their hearts over his loss of life.
There are fears the coronavirus pandemic could result in a crisis for cancer patients, as many are facing delayed treatments and fewer cancers are being diagnosed.
Figures handed out by NHS England in the UK today show urgent referrals by GPs for suspected cancer cases in March dropped by 8% on the same month in 2019, also breast cancer referrals of urgency showed a bigger drop, falling by 28% as British residents shied away from hospitals.
Professor Karol Sikora, a former World Health Organisation director, told UK leading broadcaster Sky News the drop in referrals will “come back to haunt us”.
The Professor went on to warn:
“There will be a surge of new cancer patients when we get started again,” he warned.