Thames Valley GP's are open if you need advice about any concerning symptoms. Cancer treatment is going on locally as we speak #nhs #cancercare #HelpUsHelpYou
Professor Peter Johnson (above), the NHS clinical director for cancer, stressed that NHS staff had worked hard to make sure people can get cancer checks and treatment safely so there is no need to delay.Click hereto read the full story.
We understand that people are worried about coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for the latest guidance for people with cancer, Macmillan supporters and our volunteers.
To reduce the spread of Coronavirus and reduce the risk of exposure to our existing patients and frontline staff, our Sue Ryder Centres are now completely closed to visitors. Exceptions can only be made on compassionate grounds if visiting a loved one in the very last days of life.
Cancer is not on lockdown and our Get Lippy survey, ran with Yougov on the 16th of April found that nearly half of young people would put off getting key gynae symptom investigated until after the pandemic. We are being joined by key health and beauty brands to Get Lippy and Get Loud about gynae cancers this May to ensure that everyone knows which key symptoms they must get investigated.
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West Berkshire Coronorvirus Diaries
(See below an excerpt from a mum of three in remission)
''Living through the COVID 19 Pandemic is like a permanent flashback to my Cancer diagnosis. The two situations are so similar that it is both comforting and frightening at the same time. Trying to reconcile those feelings have been a minefield of their own – just one more set of emotions to add into an almighty jumble of feelings! It is comforting to know that I have seen the worst and made it through, that gives strength on the bad days, but it is excruciatingly painful knowing that people I love now have a deeper understanding of the isolation and panic that is the daily battle when faced with the possibility of a life threatening illness. I’m buoyed by the fact that this has bought out the very best in most people and that the planet and the human race have had to hit the reset button on life, whilst also being sad that it has taken something so horrific to make the changes to the way that we view our health. ''
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