9 February 2010
Responding to the announcement from Prime Minister Gordon Brown that every cancer patient is to have access to a home nurse in the next five years, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support says:
'This is very welcome news. Macmillan is delighted to work with the NHS in introducing these crucial new nurses so that every cancer patient will get the gold standard of care.
'Too many cancer patients and cancer survivors do not get the right support to meet their varied needs. Specialist cancer nurses provide invaluable care and support from the point of diagnosis, throughout treatment and after. They help patients understand the medical explanations they are given and about the treatment they are offered. They assess patients’ progress and support them directly, and help them get the treatment, information and support they need. They also ensure the NHS puts the patient at the centre of their care, and adopts a joined up approach accordingly, whether its treating them at home, in the community or at hospital.'
Find out more about Macmillan nurses.
For further information, please contact:
Helen Champion, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4689 (Out of Hours: 07801 307 068)
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with and beyond cancer.
For answers, support or just a chat, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 - no matter what your question.