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Every year nearly 5,000 people in Surrey are told they have cancer. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Macmillan is able to offer ongoing medical, practical, emotional and financial support to patients and their families.
Last year the Macmillan Support Line (Telephone 0808 808 0000) helped over 1,000 people in Surrey who were worried about cancer, providing them with reliable information and emotional support.
We are also currently funding a new Macmillan lead community nurse specialist, for the Woking and Weybridge area, who visits cancer patients at home and provides them with emotional support, practical help and medical advice.
Last year Macmillan helped nearly 300 people in Surrey who were struggling to cope with everyday costs of living with cancer. Over £88,000 of financial grants were given to people to help with travel expenses, heating bills and many other simple things such as a warm duvet.
In addition, Macmillan currently funds two Macmillan welfare rights and benefits advisors, based at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Guildford, who meet with patients in hospital or at home and help them to get the benefits they are entitled to. The service has been running for over 18 months and has already accessed over £500,000 in benefits for over 120 families in Surrey.
We are currently supporting more than 130 nurses and healthcare professionals across Surrey. All our professionals are able to offer patients specialist advice on treatment options and practical issues of living with cancer, as well as providing patients and their families with emotional and financial support.
We are currently funding four cancer nurse specialists: two neuro-oncology cancer nurse specialists, at the St Luke’s Cancer Centre in Guildford, who will provide specialist support and advice to people living with brain and spinal tumours; and one uro-oncology cancer nurse specialist, at the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill, who will support patients with cancer of the bladder, kidneys, urethra, prostate or re-productive organs.
We also fund a Gynaecological Oncology cancer nurse specialist who works at both East Surrey and Crawley Hospital, who provides information, advice and support for women with a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer i.e. ovary, fallopian tube, womb, cervix vagina and vulval cancer.
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