Making money one less worry: household costs
An estimated 320,000 people with cancer are unable to keep up with housing payments, and almost 400,000 struggle to pay bills because of their diagnosis1.
Many people are not aware of the impact cancer can have on their finances and how their circumstances can change over time. Check in with the people you support to ensure they know what’s available to them – for example, specialist benefits advice or help with making informed decisions on financial products and services.
The expert teams on Macmillan Support Line (0808 808 00 00) include financial guides and energy advisors who can provide information and support with managing rent, mortgage repayments and council tax, as well as how to make adaptations at home or get specialist equipment. They can also help answer questions and guide people through their options around keeping energy bills down, taxes and banking.
Read more about the financial support specialists in Summer Mac Voice.
We’ve also produced a video which helps to explain ways to manage energy bills when you have cancer which the people you support may find helpful.
Tell your patients and colleagues about Macmillan’s financial support, including information about household costs.
0808 808 00 00 or macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries
1. Macmillan Cancer Support/YouGov online survey (November 2014).
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so you may find more people coming to you with concerns about their risk of breast cancer.
There’s a wide range of breast cancer resources for the people you support on be.Macmillan:
- Are you worried about Breast Cancer? (MAC12153)
- Breast cancer in men (MAC 11915)
- Breast screening (MAC11674)
Plus, posters to promote the awareness month in English and Welsh.
Remember to login to order free information materials.
New service: Macmillan Virtual Multi-disciplinary Team
Around 625,000 people experience consequences of cancer treatment. Some may benefit from expert care and advice from specialities not available locally.
That’s why we’re launching the Macmillan Virtual Multi-disciplinary Team platform in partnership with Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
This secure online forum provides quick and easy access to multi-specialist, expert advice for complex or severe chronic symptoms following cancer treatment. The aim is to improve outcomes and quality of life for people affected by cancer who are experiencing complex consequences of treatment.
All referrals to the platform will receive a response within two weeks. Professionals will continue to select which advice to follow and maintain responsibility for their patients throughout.
To find out more and view the referral criteria, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/vmdt
Updated web directory of cancer resources
Macmillan’s web directory of resources for people affected by cancer has been reorganised. It is now updated daily and features nearly 2,000 publications and multimedia resources.
You can search by words or phrases, including author, title, publisher, subject or MAC code. Click on the title to display the full record, including a link to download the document (where available) or to reviews by Cancer Voices (books only).
And to make ordering materials even easier, there will soon be a link from each MAC code to the relevant resource’s page on be.Macmillan.
BMA award-winning book sponsored by Macmillan
In collaboration with the Association of Cancer Physicians, Macmillan sponsored publication of a book in November 2015 focused on problem solving in older cancer patients. Now, the same book – which features a chapter written by Macmillan’s Chief Medical Officer Jane Maher – has been honoured with first prize in the oncology category in the BMA Medical Books of the Year Awards. Congratulations to the authors and all those involved.
You can view the full list of winning books on the BMA website.
Macmillan highly commended at BMA Patient Information Awards
We're excited to announce that some of our titles were Commended and Highly Commended at this year's BMA Patient Information Awards.
- A guide for young people looking after someone with cancer (MAC13009)
- Preparing a child for loss (MAC15372)
- MSCC leaflet (MAC15457LEAFLET) & card (MAC15457_CARD)
In addition to this, Preparing a child for loss (MAC15372) was also runner up in the Special Awards for Ethical Issues.
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Being ambitious for palliative and end of life care
In her speech at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016, Professor Bee Wee, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, called for a transformation in the way palliative and end of life care is delivered.
Afterwards, Professor Wee summarised her thoughts in a blog post – where she offers a reminder of the six ambitions for palliative and end of life care and highlights how we are all responsible for meeting them. Read the blog post online.
Help people to explore their options at work
'Changes put in place meant that I could return to work without compromising my health.' Julia, affected by cancer.
If those you treat are feeling unsure about if and how they will work during or after cancer, Macmillan can help.
Visit macmillan.org.uk/stillyou where you can download a free questions guide which helps people you support get the information they need, so they can make the right decisions for them.