The RTLE service in Nottingham is changing lives for people suffering the late effects of radiotherapy. Run by Macmillan Radiotherapy Information and Support Radiographers Emma Hallam and Liz Stones and Consultant Clinical Oncologist Dr Judy Christian, the service taps into existing expertise and makes it accessible to all. In order to provide a holistic service for their patients at their weekly clinic, the team trained in a range of new skills such mindfulness, sexual dysfunction and simple lymphatic massage.
‘We began by knocking on doors asking for help,’ says Emma. ‘We discovered so many useful services within the Trust. For example, there was a very useful Pain Acceptance clinic that we never knew existed.’
‘People feel reassured because we understand radiotherapy. We can’t always get rid of every side effect, but an understanding ear can make all the difference. People say we’ve given them the motivation to carry on.’