Thursday marked World Cancer Day and as people around the globe remembered their loved ones who had been lost to the illness, Hillingdon’s Macmillan Information and Support Centre has explained what it can do for people in the borough.
The centre, based at Hillingdon Hospital and which opened in 2013, is staffed by a Macmillan Specialist Nurse and supported by twelve volunteers, some of whom have personal experience of cancer.
They said they have helped over 2,500 people in the last year alone.
The centre explained: “Services can be accessed simply by dropping in to the centre without an appointment or by using the telephone information service to arrange a call from home.
“The centre offers help and advice on important issues such as living with cancer and treatments, benefits advice, keeping fit and the role of carers.
“As well as providing direct information and support, the centre works closely with the Macmillan Cancer Support charity and the community to help connect people with the services they require.
“For example, the centre can refer patients for therapy with a local provider or direct them to survivorship or cancer rehabilitation programmes for physical activities. Staff also can connect patients with local support or activity groups.”
Lorraine Barton, pictured above, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Nurse, said: “World Cancer Day is important in raising awareness as we know that cancer affects almost everyone, whether directly or because they know a family member or friend that’s been affected.”
“It can be so isolating having cancer, but in my job I often hear people say that it makes a world of difference to have someone to talk to and reassure me that ‘I’m not on my own’.”
Over the last few weeks musician David Bowie, actor Alan Rickman, star of the Harry Potter films among others, Sir Terry Wogan have all passed away following cancer.
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