Thursday, January 06, 2011

Who are Macmillan Cancer Support?

Macmillan Cancer Support are a UK based charity that offer a range of support and care services to those affected by cancer. This not only includes patients but also, family, carers, healthcare professionals and communities.

Macmillan provide support services that guide patients and their families through the system supporting them every step of the way. They look after people in their homes by offering carers, covering the cost of heating bills etc and even a lift to the hospital. They provide support through their team of cancer support specialists.

Macmillan Cancer Support started 100 years ago in 1911 when Douglas Macmillan witnessed his father die of cancer. This moved him to found the 'Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer'. Douglas wanted advice and information to be provided to all people with cancer, homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients in their own homes.

Over the next 100 years, Macmillan Cancer Support has evolved into one of the largest cancer support services in the UK with more than 3,500 nurses, doctors, radiographers, dietitians, occupational therapists and many other specialisms doing work for the organisation.

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