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Above: Pat in the West Suffolk Macmillan Centre, where she supports patients as part of a team

· A Bury St Edmunds resident who survived pancreatic cancer has returned to the Macmillan Cancer Centre that supported her — as an employee

· Pat Kozaryn, who had part of her pancreas and 28 lymph nodes removed, credits a Macmillan course at West Suffolk Hospital with transforming her outlook

· Every November, there is a nationwide push to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, which is found in around 9,600 people in the UK each year

If someone had told Pat Kozaryn five years ago that she would soon retire from a career in banking — after a lifetime of working in financial services — and find a new vocation supporting people with cancer, she would have laughed. …


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Dr Daksha Trivedi

A Bedfordshire academic who was given a clean bill of heath last year after her treatment for a rare cancer is being backed by Macmillan Cancer Support to redress gaps in local cancer care and support for underserved communities.

When Dr Daksha Trivedi was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in December 2017, she felt there were few people she could discuss it with besides her husband, Pradip, who was overwhelmed by the stress of being her sole carer.

The diagnosis, which came out of the blue without any tell-tale signs, had hit them like a “tsunami” — not least because her twin brother had died just six months previously from advanced stomach cancer. …


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Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse Lynda Hall is supporting her colleagues’ wellbeing and overhauling cancer services to ensure patients are supported during the pandemic

A senior Macmillan nurse is at the heart of efforts in Cambridgeshire to provide counselling and emotional support to overwhelmed healthcare professionals on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.

Lynda Hall, the Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse at North West Anglia Foundation Trust (NWAngliaFT), said she has never known such ‘challenging’ times in almost four decades of caring for patients and their families, 20 years of which she has spent as Lead Cancer Nurse.

She has seen first-hand the strain the pandemic places on NHS staff, as they balance caring for high levels of extremely ill Covid-19 patients with delivering urgent and vital care for those with other medical conditions. …


For immediate release: 4th May 2020

As the people of Colchester follow the government’s advice to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, a cancer support service is reaching out to people living with cancer with an offer of virtual support.

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Above: Debbie Farthing, Macmillan Cancer Information Manager and Charlotte Sommers, a Macmillan Information Centre volunteer, keep up with patients over the phone

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, which is based at Colchester Hospital, has had to rethink its provision after many of its face-to-face services were ruled out during the pandemic.

However, the determined team at the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) have found safe ways to continue providing the personal, one to one care and support patients need, with their buddying and befriending service — which is now operating over the phone — becoming a lifeline for the most vulnerable. …


For immediate release: 29th April 2020

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Macmillan Information Manager Friederike is taking calls from patients

As the people of Southend follow the government’s advice to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, a cancer support service is reaching out to people living with cancer with an offer of virtual support.

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, which is based at Southend University Hospital, has had to rethink its service after face-to-face contact was ruled out during the pandemic.

The determined team have found safe ways to continue supporting local people affected by cancer by using telephone appointments and email to continue many of their services. They have also embraced video conferencing technology to stream their support group and exercise sessions directly into people’s homes, helping them to manage their physical and mental wellbeing in isolation. …


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Above: Macmillan Information Manager Darshani is supporting anxious patients over the phone

As the people of West Essex follow the government’s advice to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, a cancer support service is reaching out to people living with cancer with an offer of virtual support.

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, which provides support across West Essex, has had to rethink its service after face-to-face contact was ruled out during the pandemic.

The determined team at the Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust have found safe ways to continue to support local people affected by cancer by using telephone appointments and email to continue many of their services. …


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Photo credit: Macmillan Cancer Support

A free cancer information and support service that helped over 13,000 Londoners last year is coming direct to patients in Camden, Hammersmith, Merton, Kingston, Lambeth, Hillingdon, Harrow and Hounslow over the coming weeks, with a focus on promoting skin cancer awareness. Full details of each visit can be seen further down this release.

The team of Macmillan cancer specialists encourages anyone with concerns relating to cancer to come along — whether it’s worries about possible symptoms, treatment advice, your finances or how best to support a loved one who’s living with the disease.

Visitors to the service can have an informal and confidential chat with one of the experts on-board, who can provide expert, tailored support — no appointment necessary. They can also pick-up a wide range of up-to-date, high-quality information booklets on numerous cancer types and associated issues; all free of charge. …


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· Peers battle it out with MPs

· Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care among spectators

· Rugby legends and rowers take part

Peers, MPs, rugby players and rowers will battle it out next week at Macmillan Cancer Support’s 33rd legendary Tug of War. The event takes place on the evening of Tuesday 4th June, 5.30pm on the Westminster Abbey College Gardens, and will be compèred by BBC Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar.

A record 26 matches will take place at this year’s event, sponsored by the Banham Foundation, featuring matches between rival city firms and Macmillan’s corporate partners, and culminating in an almighty clash between members of the House of Lords and House of Commons. …


Contact: Rachel Godman-Morris / 0207 091 2250Twitter: @MacmillanLondon / Facebook: @LondonMacmillan

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A barbershop in Lewisham hosted a unique outreach event for customers last night (Thursday, 25th April). Prestige Barbershop welcomed representatives from Macmillan, to chat with customers and staff about the importance of cancer awareness and to answer a range of questions; from signs and symptoms to work and welfare advice.

Perpetua Egan, Macmillan Engagement Lead for South East London, said:

“Macmillan wants to help anyone impacted by cancer find their best way through. Awareness events such as these bring Macmillan’s cancer experts right to the heart of our local communities, as not everyone has the time to visit the GP or they might have worries they don’t want to discuss with friends and family. Coming to venues such as Prestige Barbershop offers us a fantastic new way to reach as many Londoners as possible; particularly groups that we traditionally may not have connected with as much as we’d have liked. …


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A free cancer information and support service is coming direct to patients in Bromley, Waterloo, Catford & Wimbledon next week.

On Monday 29th April, Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile information bus will be stopping on the Market Square (near primark) in Bromley between 10am — 4pm, with cancer information specialists on-hand to answer your questions.

More support will be available on Tuesday 30th April when the bus parks up in Emma Cons Gardens in Waterloo between 10am — 4pm and on Wednesday 1st May when the team will be stationed at the Catford Market in Catford between 10am — 4pm. …

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