A cancer diagnosis can leave many people feeling powerless. Just having more information about your treatment can help you feel more in control – and this is exactly what the My Cancer Treatment website provides.
Launched by Macmillan and the NHS’s National Peer Review Programme, this interactive site helps patients and their family members or carers make informed decisions about where to access cancer treatment. It shows where NHS services are available in England, for both common and rare cancers, and how well teams measure up against national standards.
Sian was closely involved in the website’s development and co-chairs the National User Steering Group which represents patients. She’s had cancer herself and says, ‘Lots of people aren’t aware of their rights and entitlements as a patient – or even that they have a choice of where to be treated.
‘The My Cancer Treatment website is very empowering, and couldn’t be easier to use. It says “here are your rights, here’s some information – now go away and make a decision”. I wish it had been around when I was having treatment.’
Take back control
For information on where to access treatment and to compare services visit My Cancer Treatment. You can search by postcode, hospital or cancer type.