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 Worcestershire.
'Focus On' Macmillan in Worcestershire
November is lung cancer awareness month.
Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK. It is one of the hardest types of cancer to diagnose and has a poor survival rate so it is really important to be aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for.
Kay Whitby is a Macmillan Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist based at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. Kay’s role is to support lung cancer patients throughout their cancer journey. She is there when they are first referred to the hospital from their GP, and when they receive their diagnosis, she talks to them about treatment options. She also supports with advice around how to manage the side effects of cancer and its treatment including pain and breathlessness.
Kay signposts her patients to support available in their local community such as counseling and complimentary therapy, or the Macmillan CAB Service to support with the financial impact of cancer. Her role is central to the co-ordination of care for patients and offers support for the entire process from diagnosis to survivorship or end of life care.
Kay says, “The best part of my job is meeting a variety of patients, and providing support and information which helps them cope with the devastating news that they have cancer. Gaining their trust and empowering them to make difficult decisions and have difficult conversations with their loved ones.”
Mandy was initially diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2012, however in April 2014 she received another diagnosis of lung cancer that had also reached her brain. Kay was with her from this second diagnosis and has been supporting Mandy and her family ever since. She says, “Kay is wonderful, she is approachable and friendly and she is always there whenever I need her support.”
For Mandy’s husband Alan, Kay has been invaluable too. He says, “She has been there for us at every stage of this journey, providing advice whenever we needed it, and helping to co-ordinate all of Mandy’s care. It’s often difficult to know who to ask for help but Kay has been there to help us get the answers we need. Mandy is more than just a patient to her, she’s a person and Kay knows us and understands our needs.”
The symptoms of lung cancer may include:
a continuing cough, or change in a long-standing cough
becoming breathless and wheezy
coughing up bloodchest or shoulder pain
a chest infection that doesn’t get better
a hoarse voice
a dull ache or sharp pain when you cough or take a deep breath
feeling extremely tired
If you have any of the above symptoms for more than three weeks, it‘s important to have them checked by your GP. All of these symptoms can be caused by illnesses other than cancer but they still need to be checked.
If you have questions about cancer, or want to find out more about signs and symptoms of lung cancer visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00.
Macmillan would like to thank the many volunteers who dedicate their time to support people affected by cancer.
How to reach us
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Opening hours Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Call 0300 1000 200
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How to donate to Macmillan
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Send a cheque to the Freepost address:
Macmillan Cancer Support
87-90 Albert Embankment
Pay directly into the bank. Contact the Fundraising Support Team for how to do this and more information on how to donate to Macmillan.
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More about Macmillan in Worcestershire
Macmillan Cancer Support offers a wide range of clinical and well being support services for people affected by cancer in Worcestershire. These services are made possible by the donations raised by our dedicated supporters.
Our team of Macmillan health professionals in Worcestershire are helping people living with cancer in our hospitals and local communities.
Just a few of the cancer specialism’s we offer are:
Gynaecology, Urology, Occupational Therapy, Dietitian, Speech and Language Therapy, Chemotherapy, Dermatology, Lymphoedema, Upper Gastro-Intestinal and Palliative Care
Community Nurse Teams operate across the area, based in Bromsgrove, Evesham, Kidderminster and Malvern, supporting people affected by cancer in their homes.
In addition to the medical support we offer, Worcestershire patients benefit from the support of Macmillan's emotional and financial support services.
These include the telephone support line, which is free to call and can help with general information and advice about cancer, on 0808 808 0000, offering specialist advice about benefits and youth advice for children and young people affected by cancer.
We can signpost to the following information and well being services based within the county;
Cancer Information and Support Centres, with services operating within the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Kidderminster Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, providing free and readily accessible information, without appointment.
Financial Support Services from Worcestershire Macmillan Citizens Advice team, with benefits advisers based in Redditch, Kidderminster and Worcester. Contact the team by calling 01905 725946 or visit www.cabwhabac.org.uk
Macmillan also funds a patient welfare grant scheme, which in 2013 alone gave a total of £73,393 in one-off grants to 260 county patients who were in financial hardship. This has supported requests for fuel bill payments, clothing and house hold equipment such as washing machines and bedding.
As you can see from the current team of health care professionals listed above, the people of Worcestershire benefit from a wealth of experienced and professional cancer care specialists. With your support, we can help to increase the range of nursing support we can offer in our local community.
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By telling the personal stories of people like you, we help people engage with and understand our work. We also use real stories to influence government and, through the media, inform the public what living with cancer is really like.
We’d be grateful to hear your story - as little or as much as you’d like to share. If this is something that interests you, simply contact us by calling 07850 772981 or 0300 1000 200, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org