“People don’t want to worry their families, so they don’t talk about cancer”
You don’t have to face cancer alone. Macmillan Cancer Support’s Jane Lee talks about how her team help people affected by cancer in Leicester.
A cancer diagnosis can often leave people feeling isolated. It can be caused by the physical effects of treatment, by feeling alone or anxious, finding it hard to talk to friends and family or just not knowing where to turn to for information.
These are issues familiar to the Macmillan Palliative Care Team based in Leicester.
Jane Lee, who leads the team, said: “There can often be cases where people don’t want to worry their families, so they don’t talk about cancer. Or where it’s just too difficult to talk about what is happening.
“Someone with cancer of working age might feel isolated when their friends, families and colleagues are getting on with their jobs, and they are left behind. People who live alone can experience anxiety – particularly at night – and that can have an impact.”
Macmillan has a range of services available to people in the area affected by cancer. Jane’s team, based at University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust, is there for patients diagnosed with a cancer that cannot be cured.
“It’s our job to help improve the quality of life for people”
“It’s our job to help improve the quality of life for people who have a progressive disease, says Jane. “We’re here to advise on medication and symptoms, to provide emotional support to patients and families and guide people towards support in the community, such as counselling and financial services. A great resource is Macmillan’s Cancer Information centre in Leicester, which we direct many people to.”
The Macmillan Cancer Information Centre is based at Leicester Royal Infirmary. It offers free, confidential information and support to everyone. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed, or you're worried about cancer, the centre can help. It also has close links to local support groups and access to specialist benefits advice and complementary therapies.