A campaign aimed at encouraging cancer patients and their family and friends to talk about the disease is being supported by health staff in the north of the county.
Macmillan’s Cancer Talk Week, which runs until Monday, January 27, hopes to combat the feeling of isolation which some patients feel and to raise awareness of the support which is available.
Dr Kamal Sood, cancer lead for NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know how hard it can be for someone to talk about cancer after receiving their initial diagnosis, many people don’t know how to express how they are feeling.
“We would encourage people to talk to their loved ones about what they going through. People can contact Macmillan Cancer Support or talk to their local GP.”
Dr Joanne Watt, cancer lead for NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Cancer affects more than just the person who has been diagnosed.
“Family members, partners, colleagues and carers may also find it hard to talk about the impact cancer is having on their lives.
“That’s why this year Cancer Talk Week is encouraging people affected by cancer to get talking about it, and all of the associated worries, with partners, family, friends and professionals.”
In Northamptonshire two Macmillan GPs, Dr Joanne Warcaba and Dr Naomi Caldwell, have been appointed to work with the CCGs to improve commissioned services across the county.
They are looking at cancer pathways to ensure that patients receive treatment in the most appropriate place and to implement the national survivorship initiative, which helps patients get the care and support they need.
For more information on the initiative visit www.macmillan.org.uk/survivorship.
Those who need to talk to someone can contact Macmillan on 0808 808 0000 or www.macmillan.org.uk/HowWeCanHelp.