Macmillan improves the lives of people affected by cancer locally. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. Cancer affects us all. We can all help. We are Macmillan in Birmingham and the Black Country.
Focus On’ Macmillan in The Black Country
November is lung cancer awareness month, and there is a specialist lung cancer team at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.
Kerry Tanner, Macmillan Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist, ensures that her team supports patients through the various stages of cancer diagnosis and treatment, with a focus on individual needs.
Kerry said: ‘All our patients can see us and speak to us when having initial tests, at the time of diagnosis and throughout their cancer journey. This helps make sure we can meet their physical, social and emotional needs, and also those of their families. This information is then recorded and developed into their personal care plan.’
Kerry and her team help people with lung cancer manage their symptoms at an early stage, which can improve treatment options and quality of life.
Kerry said: ‘As a team we support our patients from the first symptoms, tests and treatment, then on to a stage where they’re living with their cancer and sometimes through to end-of-life care.’
The team can also signpost patients to services such as the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre in Wolverhampton: ‘We work with the information and support service on a daily basis and have set up an information clinic with the Macmillan centre manager there. Patients and their families can talk in a quiet, calm environment about what support is available to them when faced with a cancer diagnosis, such as welfare rights advice, psychological support and complementary therapies.’
‘The best part of my job is the difference I can make to patients and their families. That might just be by being there at an appointment with them or ringing them to see how they are getting on with treatment. That way they know I’m there as and when they need the support. We hope this means that people with lung cancer feel they are not alone, and having a named person like me throughout their journey allows for a relationship to develop and continuity of care to be given.’
The symptoms of lung cancer may include any of the following:
a continuing cough, or change in a long-standing cough
a chest infection that doesn’t get better• becoming breathlessness and wheezing
coughing up blood-stained phlegm (sputum)• chest or shoulder pain
a hoarse voice
a dull ache or a sharp pain when you cough or take a deep breath
loss of appetite and loss of weight
feeling extremely tired (fatigue) and lethargy
the ends of the fingers becoming larger or looking more rounded (clubbing)
swelling of the lymph nodes (glands) in the neck area.
It’s always best to seek medical help as early as possible. There may be illnesses other than cancer for the issues you may be experiencing but your GP can advise you further.
No one should face cancer alone. For more information, advice or simply someone to talk to, call the Macmillan support line on 0800 808 0000.
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I am the Area Fundraising Manager for the Birmingham and Black Country region and together with Emily, Louise and Eloise, we make up a team absolutely dedicated to supporting as many local people and businesses with their fundraising as we can. My job is a great one, I get to meet so many inspirational people, doing incredible things for Macmillan. Of course, there is always more that we have to do to be able to continue to support the increasing number of people affected by cancer, and with your help, we will be able to do so. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, you're amazing.
I am the Fundraising Manager for North Birminghamand the Black Country. My first position in fundraising 5 years ago was with Macmillan as a Fundraising Support Assistant. Since then I have worked at a local children’s hospice and an autism charity and gained a great understanding of the local area.
I am really excited to be working for Macmillan again, this time with a greater knowledge of fundraising and experience of working with a variety of supporters. Over the years I have worked with many local businesses, community groups and individuals supporting them to achieve their fundraising goals.
I’m really excited to get out and meet the supporters in my area and see all the fantastic things people are doing to support Macmillan.
I am the Fundraising Manager for Central and West Birmingham and Black Country West, think of the three corners of the area being Birmingham, Dudley and Wolverhampton and then all the bits in between! I have been with Macmillan almost two years and love the variety of the day to day work. I’ve worked in fundraising since graduating, originally working in London before coming to the West Midlands a few years ago. My colleagues describe it perfectly, every day is different and we speak to such a wide range of people it’s amazing to hear our supporters stories. No one should face cancer alone and I’m very proud to work for a charity that does so much to help people affected by cancer.
Liz Shiels is the newest member of the fundraising team and is looking forward to meeting our fantastic supporters.
Hi, I’m Liz Sheils and I’m the Fundraising Manager for North Birmingham and the Black Country. I joined Macmillan in May 2015 and I have loved every minute so far!
Before joining Macmillan, I worked for Cancer Research UK as a Fundraising Manager in Worcestershire. At CRUK I had the opportunity to work with some amazing companies and supporters, and enjoyed helping to organise events from fashion shows to coffee mornings. Before this I was a Store Manager for years in a large retail chain, and gained lots of experience of managing teams and working with the public in a fast paced environment.
However, after having been very poorly with a bone tumour in my shoulder, I decided that I wanted to change careers and do a job where I know I can make a difference to people affected by cancer, and here I am! I love meeting the amazing people who support Macmillan, and still wake up every morning feeling so lucky to be in such a fantastic job that means so much to me.
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