Do you treat and care for people with cancer and/or their family and friends? Macmillan offers a wide range of services for the people you support, whatever cancer they have and whatever stage of the cancer journey they are at.
Macmillan services can complement the excellent support you provide and can help people affected by cancer to live their lives and face what lies ahead in the most positive way they can.
In this article, Charmaine, a Macmillan Breast Cancer Specialist Nurse, and Della, who is living with cancer, tell us about how Macmillan helped Della from the point when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and throughout her treatment.
Charmaine says: “I first met Della when she was diagnosed. As a single mother, she was scared and didn’t know who to talk to.
Understandably Della didn’t want to burden her children. So I helped out by listening to her worries and concerns. I also gave her lots of Macmillan information to take away and read, from booklets on her treatment to details of local support groups.
It took a while to persuade Della to visit a support group. But now she’s a huge advocate for them – and has even set up her own group with the help of a Macmillan grant.
When I first started working as a Macmillan nurse 13 years ago, everyone associated us with end of life care. But things have really moved on. Now we’re about supporting people through the experience in many different ways.
We’re here for people at diagnosis, during treatment and beyond, helping them get on with their life.”
Della says about her experience of Macmillan: “With Macmillan, it’s all about the support they offer, the booklets. It’s them saying, ‘Look, let’s talk about it. We’re here to help you’. Without that, I wouldn’t have gotten this far. I would have just stayed in my little shell.”
Macmillan offers a wide range of information and support that could help to complement your work.
This includes free information booklets you can order to give to your patients, and their families and friends. The booklets cover topics such as treatments and side effects, what financial support is available, help with employment issues and the practical issues of living with and after cancer. Macmillan information is written by experts and reviewed by people affected by cancer and professionals. It is certified by the Information Standard, so you can be sure it is accurate and from a source you can trust.
Browse and order from Macmillan’s range of over 500 booklets for the people you support.
Macmillan’s expert teams also offer information and support in local centres and on the Macmillan Support Line. The Support Line, opened Monday to Friday from 9 am to 8 pm, can also provide benefits advice and financial guidance. The people you support might find these useful if they have any questions or need someone to talk to in between appointments.
To find out more about how to make the most of Macmillan’s information and support for your patients and clients, please visit be.macmillan.org.uk/patientsupport