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Help men talk about c_ _ _ _ r. Just say the word

When Thom was diagnosed with colon cancer, he didn’t know where to turn for support. But Macmillan was there.

You know that when someone is affected by cancer, it can be hard for them to say the word, let alone ask for support. That’s why we’re encouraging more men to speak up and ask for help. 

Whether they need information around finances, rights at work, or a friendly chat, Macmillan’s specialists are available on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm). Please encourage the people you support to call the Support Line or visit

Rights at work for people with cancer

Under equality law, people who have, or have had cancer are protected from unfair treatment at work. Employers are also required to make reasonable adjustments to help staff with cancer stay in or return to work when they’re ready and able to. 

When Juan was undergoing treatment for testicular cancer, he and his employer agreed the support he would need before returning to work after treatment. Juan says ‘I needed a lot of recovery. My employer was supportive throughout’.

Please let the people you support know about the information and resources online at

Karen Roberts interviewed by Nursing Times

Last month, Dr Karen Roberts, Chief of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals at Macmillan was interviewed by Nursing Times about her role and her personal experience of cancer.

In July 2017, Karen’s life was turned upside down when her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Sadly, he died eight weeks later.

In her interview, Karen opens up about her loss, and speaks about how this heartbreak and her 30-year career in oncology nursing are shaping her approach to her new role within Macmillan.

Mac Voice Spring edition

Have you received the latest copy of Mac Voice?

Inside, we meet Jilby Augustine, the UK’s only Macmillan Pastoral Care Worker and also hear three different perspectives on how volunteers can support people living with cancer.

You can also view and download issues from the past two years of Mac Voice online.

If you’d like to update your contact details or if you haven’t received the latest copy, please send us an email.

Learning and development

2018 Learning and Development programme – book now

Our Learning and Development (L&D) programme for 2018 is now available, with a wide range of face-to-face and online courses to support you.

Places fill up quickly, so see what’s available and to book your place. This year we won’t be sending you a printed copy of the programme, but you can still print the course details from the website. 

As always, we’ve provided a wide range of courses to cover all aspects of your professional development, including Advanced Communication Skills, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Developing Personal Impact, and Collecting and Analysing Data.

You can also find details of our grants and coaching programmes online.

Get involved

It’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

This April, make sure you stock up on enough information to support people during bowel cancer awareness month.

On be.Macmillan, you’ll find a range of resources for bowel cancer, covering symptoms, risk factors, screening, and information on how to help people understand and manage a diagnosis.

These resources can be downloaded or ordered for free, and you can also create bespoke awareness-raising posters to put up in your service.

New and updated resources

Have you seen Macmillan’s cancer information videos?

These videos include information from health professionals and people sharing their own experiences.

The videos cover:

  • Cancer types from A-Z
  • Tests, treatments and side effects
  • Videos about coping with cancer
  • Videos about looking after someone with cancer
  • Advanced cancer and end of life videos

All of the videos have captions, and there are even videos in British Sign Language. Videos are produced throughout the year and regularly uploaded to the website.

Watch the videos and direct people to them.

Areas of interest

Macmillan Policy Update – keeping you informed of our policy work

Download your copy of the latest Policy Update [PDF].

Job opportunities at Macmillan

Do you feel like it’s time for a new challenge, or just a change? One of these openings at Macmillan’s offices around the country might appeal to you.

Have your details changed?

If you’d like to update your contact details or if you haven’t received Mac Voice, please send us an email.

Share with your colleagues

If your colleagues would be interested in the updates in this issue of Mac Mail, please share it with them. As well as keeping them informed, you’ll be helping to raise awareness of our services for people affected by cancer.