9 September 2015
Heather McCormack is the project manager for the Macmillan SCOPES Oncology Programme
An innovative project which has transformed life for older cancer patients living in Nottinghamshire is set to be extended thanks to funding from Macmillan.
The cash injection forms part of the newly formed £3 million Macmillan Cancer Partnership in Nottinghamshire which brings together the county’s health and social care organisations to improve local cancers services and address the growing number of people surviving and living longer with cancer.
The project, known as the Macmillan SCOPES (Systematic Care for Older People in Elective Surgery) Oncology programme is run by Nottingham University Hospitals Trust with support from Nottinghamshire County Council and aims to reduce unnecessary hospital stays and speed up recovery following treatment for cancer patients aged over 70.
In the past year more than 150 upper gastrointestinal patients benefitted from the scheme with patients reporting a marked improvement in general wellbeing and quality of life after treatment. Now Macmillan has invested a further £192,000 to extend the project to patients affected by lower gastrointestinal cancer.
Victor Baines, 73, from Wollaton, received support from the SCOPES team when he had an operation to remove a malignant tumour in his oesophagus last year.
It was initially feared Victor would not be strong enough to have the surgery, however he went on to be treated successfully following a SCOPES assessment.
Vic said: 'SCOPES sorted me out. They ran all kinds of tests and assessments, they gave me an iron infusion, did a walking test and made sure I was fully prepared for the surgery. A few days later, I was told I could have the operation. It was such a relief. Without SCOPES I wouldn’t be here.'
SCOPES continued to support Vic after his operation to help him recover.
Heather McCormack, Macmillan Project Manager for the Macmillan SCOPES Oncology programme, said: 'Our ultimate goal is to help the patient have a better quality of life either with or without treatment, so they’re not just surviving, but living well with or beyond their cancer diagnosis.'
The Macmillan SCOPES Oncology programme is one of 14 individual projects and pilots which are all aimed at testing and developing new ways to support people affected by cancer as part of the Macmillan Cancer Partnership in Nottinghamshire.
Read more about the story on the Nottingham Post.