Macmillan improves the lives of people affected by cancer locally. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. Cancer affects us all. We can all help. We are Macmillan in Worcestershire.
'Focus On' Macmillan in Worcestershire
Macmillan believes that no one should face cancer alone. Services across Worcestershire are working to provide practical, medical, emotional, and financial support to people affected by cancer.
Ladan Hajihassani is a Macmillan Specialist Head and Neck Dietitian. Ladan works at Worcestershire Royal Acute Hospital NHS Trust and her role involves helping patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer to manage problems encountered with food intake that can arise during and after treatment.
Working alongside a range of other medical professionals including specialist consultants, surgeons, oncologists, clinical nurse specialists and a counsellor, Ladan is offers timely advice on food and eating to patients under her care.
‘We know nutrition is an important long term prognostic factor in head and neck cancer patients and good nutrition is essential for recovery and maintaining good nutritional status.’
Ladan adds: ‘Head and neck cancer patients suffer with significant nutritional challenges and most of them experience moderate to severe malnutrition before, during and after treatment.’
In her role Ladan often works to support patients experiencing weight loss and difficulty swallowing and provides ongoing advice on nutrition. Delivering appropriate advice and improving patients’ nutritional status means that Ladan is able to help patients receive more effective treatments and recover much more quickly.
‘I think the best part of my job is being able to support my patients, and to make their journey easier through a very difficult time in their life. I always feel honoured to be a part of their journey, helping them to cope with the most challenging of times.’
Ladan, an active fundraiser for Macmillan, also helps to organise sessions on Living with cancer and beyond cancer as well as support group sessions.
‘Macmillan has given me opportunities to provide much more comprehensive care and support for our head and neck cancer patients.’
‘I am proud to be part of the Macmillan team and wear the badge as it means I am part of a fantastic organisation that works with their heart and soul to provide the best care possible for the cancer patients.’
On 13 May 2016 the Worcestershire Head and Neck team will be hosting an event for people living with and after head and neck cancers at Worcestershire Cricket Club. The day-long event will include sessions from a dietitian and physical activity instructor, with other health professionals delivering keynote speeches.
For more information or to register, contact Jane Fizor, who is coordinating the event, on
Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org or 01905 733496. You can also contact the local Macmillan Learning and Development team on email@example.com or 01904756410.
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Call 0300 1000 200
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Macmillan Cancer Support
87-90 Albert Embankment
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More about Macmillan in Worcestershire
Macmillan Cancer Support offers a wide range of clinical and well being support services for people affected by cancer in Worcestershire. These services are made possible by the donations raised by our dedicated supporters.
Our team of Macmillan health professionals in Worcestershire are helping people living with cancer in our hospitals and local communities.
Just a few of the cancer specialism’s we offer are:
- Gynaecology, Urology, Occupational Therapy, Dietitian, Speech and Language Therapy, Chemotherapy, Dermatology, Lymphoedema, Upper Gastro-Intestinal and Palliative Care
In addition to the medical support we offer, Worcestershire patients benefit from the support of Macmillan's emotional and financial support services.
These include the telephone support line, which is free to call and can help with general information and advice about cancer, on 0808 808 0000, offering specialist advice about benefits and youth advice for children and young people affected by cancer.
We can signpost to the following information and well being services based within the county;
- Cancer Information and Support Centres, with services operating within the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Kidderminster Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, providing free and readily accessible information, without appointment.
- Financial Support Services from Worcestershire Macmillan Citizens Advice team, with benefits advisers based in Redditch, Kidderminster and Worcester. Contact the team by calling 01905 725946 or visit www.cabwhabac.org.uk
Macmillan also funds a patient welfare grant scheme, which in 2013 alone gave a total of £73,393 in one-off grants to 260 county patients who were in financial hardship. This has supported requests for fuel bill payments, clothing and house hold equipment such as washing machines and bedding.
As you can see from the current team of health care professionals listed above, the people of Worcestershire benefit from a wealth of experienced and professional cancer care specialists. With your support, we can help to increase the range of nursing support we can offer in our local community.
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Would you like to share your experience of cancer to help others?
By telling the personal stories of people like you, we help people engage with and understand our work. We also use real stories to influence government and, through the media, inform the public what living with cancer is really like.
We’d be grateful to hear your story - as little or as much as you’d like to share. If this is something that interests you, simply contact us by calling 07850 772981 or 0300 1000 200, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org