Macmillan in Scotland
Macmillan in Scotland offers practical, emotional and financial help to people affected by cancer. We provide trained medical professionals to the NHS and have cancer centres throughout the country where people receive expert care in a specially-designed environment.
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Every single newly diagnosed cancer patient in Glasgow is being sent a letter offering them support to cope with the impact cancer has on their life. From debt and housing problems to treatment side effects and depression, the Improving Cancer Journey team are there to help.
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- Like many young couples, after Charlie and Kirsty Chisholm got married in June 2010 they immediately started trying for a family. But six months after coming off the birth control pill Kirsty, from Kirkliston, still hadn't managed to conceive so she went to see a doctor.Initially she was told she was stressed and later was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.It was not until nearly three-and-half years after her wedding, when Kirsty underwent an operation to have her ovary removed, that she was diagnosed with a rare type of ovarian cancer - granulosa cell tumour. However, despite being told that she will need to have a hysterectomy - on top of losing an ovary and undergoing chemotherapy treatment - the 30-year-old accountant hasn't given up on her dream of having a family.
- An estimated 100,000 people living with cancer in Scotland are struggling to cope with basic day to day tasks like washing and leaving the house. New research from Macmillan Cancer Support reveals for the first time, that 76% of those who've had a cancer diagnosis in the last 10- years – an estimated 100,000 people - have practical or personal care needs.
- When seven-year-old Amy Dolan's class was asked to choose one thing they would like to change about the world, she said she wanted to make cancer go away. The big-hearted pupil at St Mary's Primary School in Cumbernauld, decided to write to Macmillan Cancer Support to ask how she could be "a nurse or doctor who makes cancer go away" after her aunt was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma. Emma Dodds, 31, had lost her hair after undergoing five months of chemotherapy treatment between June and November last year. Amy's mum and Emma's older sister, Sarah Dolan, 33, says: "I knew she was quite upset about her auntie but she hadn't spoken to me. It was my younger sister who told me Amy was scared her auntie was going to die.
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About cancer in Scotland
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Every day 90 people in Scotland hear the devastating news that they have cancer, however more people than ever are surviving and facing life after cancer.
The current system of care was designed when most people were either cured of cancer or died from it. Now 220,000 people in Scotland are living with a cancer diagnosis, and this figure is expected to hit at least 360,000 by 2030.
Macmillan is working closely with the Scottish Government to reshape cancer care so patients get the support they need during and after treatment, whether it’s medical, emotional or financial.
We are investing £5m into the partnership and we aim to ensure that if you are affected by cancer you are able to manage your own condition when appropriate, and can access the right support as soon as you need it.
What we're doing in Scotland
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These are just a few of the things we're working on in Scotland:
We have developed a network of information and support services in libraries across Glasgow. Anyone affected by cancer can drop in just to talk or to get cancer information. Find your nearest service.
So far our benefits advice services have helped people affected by cancer claim over £180m in government money. Money that many wouldn’t have claimed if they had to navigate the benefits system alone. Find support near you.
We are working with the Scottish Government to redesign the cancer care system. We want people affected by cancer to have the tools they need to manage their own health and be able to access support when they need it.
Cancer Patient Experience Survey in Scotland
Macmillan in Scotland is campaigning in 2015 to get a Cancer Patient Experience Survey in Scotland – currently the only part of the UK without a survey.
We are working closely with our colleagues in the Scottish Cancer Coalition and the Scottish Cancer Taskforce to introduce a patient experience survey in order to drive up standards of care across the country.
You can support Macmillan's work and help make a difference to the lives of people living with cancer in Scotland by joining our e-campaign network.
Become an e-campaigner.
How you can get involved
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1. Organise a collection or event
You could use your hobby, or get together with friends to raise money for Macmillan's work in Scotland. Why not set yourself a challenge and get sponsorship? If you're looking for a way to get started, then take a look at these fundraising ideas.
We can get you organised by helping you design your posters, flyers, sponsorship forms and much more. You'll find a whole host of fundraising resources on be.macmillan.
Get in touch and we'll get you started - you can also call our fundraising team for advice or support on 0300 1000 200 , or contact them through through our online form.
2. Join a Macmillan event
Whether it's taking part in one of our challenge events, such as the The Great Wall of China Hiking Challenge or the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, there is a Macmillan event for you.
See all of our events.
3. Share your skills
Our organisation was started by a volunteer nearly one hundred years ago, and today they’re still at the very heart of everything we do. Join us and together we can make a difference.
Find the latest volunteering opportunities near to you on our volunteer pages.
4. Become an e-campaigner
You can support Macmillan's work and help make a difference to the lives of people living with cancer in Scotland by joining our e-campaigner network. It's ideal if you want to help but don't have much time or money to give.
By being part of the network you will have the opportunity to take action and make a real difference. We will email you from time to time with ways in which you can support our campaigns. We will also send you our e-campaigner newsletter every two months.
Become an e-campaigner.
Help us to make a difference in Scotland
£25 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping people affected by cancer receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
£196 could pay for a Macmillan grant that helps a person living with cancer heat their home when they really need to.
£8,000 could pay for 17,547 copies of The cancer guide. This Macmillan booklet can play a vital role in helping people feel more prepared for the future and confident they won't have to face cancer alone.
Ways to donate
There are several ways you donate towards our work:
It's the quickest, easiest and most secure way.
Contact the Fundraising Support Team on 0300 1000 200 to find out how. They’ll be able to send you a paying in slip to use at any branch of NatWest, RBS or Ulster Bank. Alternatively, they can provide you with a reference number and details to use for a bank transfer or BACS payment.
To send us a cheque make it payable to 'Macmillan Cancer Support' and send it to:
Macmillan Cancer Support
PO Box 24040
You can also donate:
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Fundraising Support Team
Planning on doing something for us? Need some fundraising support?
Call 0300 1000 200
(Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)
Note 0300 numbers are charged at the same rate as 01 and 02 numbers, including calling from mobiles.
Macmillan Cancer Support Line
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face but you don't have to go through it alone.
We have a team of experts who can answer any questions you have, offer support, or simply listen if you need a chat.
Call 0808 808 00 00
(Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm)
Note Calls to the Macmillan Support Line are free.