Apart from the nurses who work on our support lines, most Macmillan nurses are usually employed by other organisations such as the NHS and their posts are funded by Macmillan for a set time, often for the first three years. After that time, the long-term funding is taken up by the NHS or other partner organisations although the nurse continues to be called a Macmillan Nurse. Macmillan continues to support these nurses in various ways and also provides ongoing funds for their education and development.
Some examples of Macmillan nurses specialise in particular cancer types or treatments:
- Macmillan chemotherapy nurses give chemotherapy treatment to patients, and help them cope with any side effects.
- Macmillan breast cancer nurses support women and some men from the screening and diagnosis stage, to helping them to make informed decisions about treatment and care. They give practical and emotional support and help some women come to terms with a mastectomy.
- Macmillan paediatric nurses help children with cancer and their families. They provide support for the child and parents at home and in hospital, and help to keep children at home with their families as much as possible.
- Macmillan Palliative Care nurses provide advice and support with pain and symptom management for people with palliative care needs through to end of life care. They support the person with cancer, their family, and the nurses and doctors who are looking after them.
- Macmillan lead nurses are senior nurse managers, helping shape the future of cancer and palliative care services in their area