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Nurse-led helpline launched by cancer charity

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Newly diagnosed cancer patients in Wales are to benefit from a service that will see them get advice and support from experienced nurses.

The telephone service has been launched by cancer charity Tenovus, which was awarded a grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing after a successful trial.

The Tenovus Cancer Callback scheme offer patients a series of calls from an experienced nurse who will support them through their cancer treatment.

It also means patients have a direct line to a dedicated nurse who can support and advise them seven days a week.

The project will run for two years with three part-time nurses joining existing Tenovus staff.

Tina Donnelly, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, said the scheme was a great example of the NHS and voluntary sector working together.

“Nurses have always been essential to new approaches to treating and supporting patients with cancer,” she added.

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