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 Dorset.
'Focus On' Dr Paul Barks, one of 3 Macmillan GPs in Dorset
Macmillan GPs are practising GPs who the lead way in pushing for better cancer care in their area with weekly sessions, supported by Macmillan. They work closely with other health and social care professionals to improve standards and raise awareness. For Paul, this means helping create a more effective dialogue between GPs and consultants in the region.
Paul said; ‘Some of the work I do involves educational events, study days, practice visits and GP & consultant ‘speed dating’ sessions. Here they can exchange helpful tips and focus on putting the patient at the heart of everything we do. In our most recent session we were encouraging practitioners to spend a day in each other’s shoes. Events like this have been really successful’.
Paul is also supporting lung cancer awareness month this November. ‘Sometimes the tabloid press can be misleading’, Paul says. ‘Often it is only people who smoke and ex-smokers presented as lung cancer patients. It is not only those who smoke who are at risk and it is important that everyone can learn some of the best ways to check their bodies for early signs and symptoms. It’s flabbergasting how much difference an early diagnosis can make’.
The early symptoms of lung cancer can often be confused with other illnesses associated with this time of the year. A persistent cough could be associated with a winter virus, however there is a slim chance that this is an early sign of lung cancer. The top three signs to look out for are a persistent cough/change in cough pattern, coughing up blood, or chest pain. Paul wants to encourage people to present such symptoms and let their GPs guide them.
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More about Macmillan in Dorset
Macmillan Cancer Support is constantly delighted by the generosity of the local people and businesses and 2013 was another amazing year in Dorset.
Over 4,700 people are diagnosed with cancer in Dorset every year and they need treatment and support. Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Without the help of our fantastic supporters, we really couldn’t help so many local people living with cancer. Whether you’re retired or working, busy or with time to spare, you can really make a difference.
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Macmillan is there for people living with cancer, their families and friends to talk, listen and understand what they are going through. Macmillan supports a network of self-help and support groups around the country. You can also share your thoughts and information with people going through a similar experience. Join in online at community.macmillan.org.uk
Having cancer can bring extra costs – hospital parking, travelling expenses, heating or clothing. Macmillan can help – last year we gave over £78,919 in Macmillan grants to 265 people in Dorset, to help with some of these costs. Macmillan believes no one should be financially deprived as a result of their illness.
Having the right information about cancer at the right time is essential. The Macmillan Help Line free phone service 0808 808 00 00 is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm providing information and emotional support for people living with cancer.