Make the most of our resources for you and your patients
You might already know about Macmillan’s excellent palliative care services. But did you know that we offer much more besides?
We support people with cancer from diagnosis, through treatment, and increasingly on the way back to health. Our wider team of trained specialists can help with so many things – questions, emotions, money worries, or practical issues like travel insurance or returning to work.
Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month
This July is Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month.
We’re calling on nurses to raise awareness of Macmillan’s information and support available to people from minority ethnic communities.
As outlined in this Rich Picture report for health professionals, awareness of cancer and uptake of some cancer services is lower among ethnic minorities. Added to this, some ethnic minorities tend to be diagnosed at a later stage when the disease is often more advanced, which can lead to poorer outcomes.
Certain cancers are also more common among particular communities and groups:
- African-Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to white men.
- Mouth cancer is more common among South Asian communities.
- Liver cancer is higher among Bangladeshi and Chinese communities.
Language can often be a barrier for minority ethnic communities when it comes to getting key cancer information or speaking out about any concerns they may have.
Our be.Macmillan site offers a wide range of materials in different languages. These include information on early diagnosis and the Macmillan Support Line. We have a range of fact sheets about cancer that can be translated into Bengali, Gujariti, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Traditional Chinese and Urdu.
With your help, we can ensure everyone affected by cancer gets the support they need.
Macmillan projects and resources
The recent Independent Cancer Taskforce report highlighted the need to address the critical gap in the cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) workforce.
Working with carers improves patient experience while cutting demands on services
For some people, cancer can have a big impact on their body. These four short films aim to help patients rebuild their confidence.
Today is International Nurses’ day. It’s a good opportunity for Macmillan to say thank you to all the Macmillan professionals and wider cancer workforce who work tirelessly in a tough climate to help make sure that no one has to face cancer alone.
We’d like to invite former Macmillan nurses to join us for the first Macmillan Alumni Congress at the Portland Hotel, Manchester from Wednesday 9 to Thursday 10 September.