Patients with money worries? Specialist support is available
‘We took a real hit financially. Macmillan were the only people that felt like they were trying to help.’ Anthony, diagnosed with cancer.
When Anthony was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014, it significantly impacted his finances. His household costs such as bills increased, he had to pay for travel to and from hospital appointments, and buy new clothes when he lost weight due to treatment. Macmillan’s specialist financial guides helped him apply for benefits that he wouldn’t have accessed otherwise.
Get set, garden, grow! – gardening as a way to keep active
Research suggests that keeping active during and after cancer treatment can be good to help manage and reduce the side effects of recovery.
Gardening is a great way to keep active, and in partnership with the National Gardening Scheme (NGS) Macmillan want to encourage people to get outside and get gardening. It can be done at an individual’s own pace, and with manageable steps it can gradually build fitness levels and physical strength. The NGS currently have gardens across England and Wales, and a sister scheme for Scotland.
Please let the people you support know about this initiative. You can also visit the website to find lots of useful information and download the Gardening as a way to keep active booklet and the Top tips for gardening fact sheet for your patients.
e-learning module to support cancer carers
11-17 June is Carers’ Week. Looking after someone with cancer can impact a person’s health, mental well-being, working life and relationships. Nearly 1.5 million people in the UK support a loved one with cancer. Half don’t get any support and many don’t recognise themselves as carers.
An e-learning module for healthcare professionals is available which contains learning modules on the number and experiences of cancer carers in the UK, tips on identifying carers, overcoming barriers and where to direct carers for support.
The Macmillan Research Grants Scheme 2018 is open
Applications for the 2018 Macmillan Research Grant Scheme are now open. At Macmillan, we want to invest in research that has clear potential to benefit people living with cancer.
We are therefore inviting online applications for projects in the following areas:
- The impact of new developments in cancer treatment on people’s lives
- How to most effectively get information about diagnosis and prognosis to people living with cancer
- Inequalities in experience and outcomes following a cancer diagnosis.
The deadline for applications is Monday 4 June. Visit the webpage for more information about the available funding, application, and review process.
You can also read the new Research Impact Framework which provides guidance for those who successfully receive funding.
International Nurses Day – thank you
On Saturday 12 May, it is International Nurses Day, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank every Macmillan professional across the UK. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to people living with cancer.
Alongside thousands of other professionals, you are helping people with cancer live their lives to the full. You are also supporting their families, friends, and loved ones as they face the challenge of cancer. Without you by their side, this challenge would be even tougher.
From everyone at Macmillan, thank you for transforming the lives of people living with cancer.