Like many health professionals and care practitioners who deal with patients with cancer, I hadn’t realised how much support a patient needed once their cancer treatment had ended.
Whilst asking questions can make it easier to cope during diagnosis and treatment, it is not always easy to know where to turn to for accurate and up to date information and advice.
In February 2014 Macmillan’s Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ) service was launched to ensure everyone with cancer in Glasgow was automatically offered financial, emotional and practical support. It was the service service of its kind in the UK.
The steering group for the first Scottish Cancer Patient Experience survey deliberately decided to include a greater number of personal accounts of cancer treatment as they recognised the power that a patient’s own words had to bring their experiences to life.
When Hazel, 49, found a lump in her breast last year she couldn’t believe it would turn out to be breast cancer as there was no history of the disease in her family.