Ensure everyone with cancer is offered an assessment of their physical, emotional, practical and financial needs followed by a written support plan.
Cancer can impact on every aspect of life, bringing emotional, financial, practical and physical problems that can last long after treatment ends.
Despite this, there is no requirement for cancer patients to be asked about their wider support needs or directed onto any kind of support. This means while some people get the help they need, others cope alone, unaware help is just a phone call away.
Macmillan Scotland believes everyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the highest quality of care and support available. Our Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) is already being used in parts of Scotland including by the Macmillan-funded Improving the Cancer Journey service in Glasgow. We’d like to see this tool rolled out across the country.
The cancer plan published in March promises a Holistic Needs Assessment and care plan for all cancer patients. This is great news but we now need every political party in Scotland to pledge that if they get into power after the May election, they will make sure this happens as quickly as possible.
From the moment they doctor said it was cancer, I didn’t know which way to turn, I wasn’t aware of the kind of support and advice available.