14 April 2016
Rebecca Goldfinch, Macmillan Consultant Radiographer at New Cross Hospital.
In 2015, Macmillan was able to commit over £2,464,000 in the West Midlands, helping to support over 220,000 people living with or beyond cancer across the region. That means there are now around 200 Macmillan professionals working in the area.
One of the most recent additions to the team is Rebecca Goldfinch, Macmillan Consultant Radiographer at New Cross Hospital.
Rebecca said: ‘I specialise in helping people with secondary cancer – cancer that has spread to other parts of the body – with radiotherapy, which helps them with pain relief and symptom control. Many of these people have cancer in their bones, for example, which can cause pain, fractures, and sometimes pressure on the spinal cord.
‘I work with the oncologists, to try to get these patients treated as quickly as possible to improve their quality of life. But my role is different because patients can be referred directly to me for treatment, so they don’t need to wait to see the oncologist. This means we can help them with treatment sooner.
‘My role was developed to try to improve the experience for people undergoing cancer treatment who urgently need palliative radiotherapy. As well as receiving direct referrals, I manage the whole of patient’s journey, from their clinical assessment through to planning their radiotherapy treatment. And being treated sooner ultimately improves their quality of life.
‘Other staff at the hospital as well as patients can come to me for advice, information and support about palliative radiotherapy.’
When asked about what she enjoys about her job, Rebecca said: ‘It’s important to me that patients who are struggling with symptoms from their cancer in these situations can be treated as quickly as possible. I enjoy meeting them and their families, building a rapport and trying to provide prompt treatment.
‘Being sponsored by Macmillan provides me with a huge amount of support from both the charity itself, and also from the network of other Macmillan professionals. It gives anyone in this position pride to be associated with the charity, and we all try to support Macmillan when possible by attending roadshows to provide support and information, and fundraising.’
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