7 January 2013
Man accessing Macmillan Cancer Information
Macmillan Cancer Support and John Taylor Hospice have joined forces to provide a specialist Macmillan dietitian in Birmingham.
Sian Wiltshire is working alongside the Hospice’s Multi-Disciplinary Team to give dietary and nutritional advice to people with cancer.
The role is funded by Macmillan for two years and will see Sian working in the community, visiting homes and nursing homes and delivering education programmes.
'Managing food and nutrition well is vital for someone with cancer as they often lose their appetite and so have to make changes to their diet,' Sian said. 'Nutritional support can also give the necessary psychological support and reassurance to patients and their families.
'At the moment I am also working with the Hospice to provide information about the importance of drinking enough, or eating foods with high water content as that can help prevent dehydration and can also help to avoid hospital admissions.'
Macmillan development manager Jo Judges said: 'We are delighted to be working with John Taylor Hospice and to welcome Sian to her new role. Cancer is the toughest fight that many of us can face so it is important that the right team is in place to give appropriate support.'
Macmillan can only provide posts such as Sian’s because of the generosity of all our supporters. If you would like to find out more, or if you have any questions about cancer, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call freephone 0808 808 00 00