For some people living with cancer, this Christmas may feel very isolating. As we continue to negotiate the challenges of the pandemic, many people may still be shielding, worried about coping with treatment side effects, or may find it difficult to talk to loved ones about their concerns.
Cancer doesn’t stop at Christmas, and neither does our support. That’s why we want anyone affected by cancer to know that we are there for them.
The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. If you need to talk, we’ll listen. It is open every day between 8am to 8pm on 0808 808 00 00.
Janice Preston, Head of Partnerships for Macmillan in Northern Ireland says, “Talking about cancer can be tough at any time of the year. Our cancer information and support specialists offer a listening ear. We can talk about whatever matters to you - we also offer guidance and help you to find the right information and support in your area.
“Whether you’re worried about signs or symptoms, a cancer diagnosis, or want someone to talk to, call our Support Line. Please don’t think you have to go through your cancer experience alone.”
The charity’s Online Community is also available for people living with cancer to chat about the issues affecting them. If you are having tests, have just been diagnosed, or you are in treatment, or you’re supporting someone who is, the Macmillan Online Community is the place to talk to people who have similar experiences to yours.
Macmillan is here to do whatever it takes to support you from the moment you are diagnosed. Macmillan is also reminding anyone worried about cancer symptoms to contact their GP as an absolute priority. The latest guidance on coronavirus for people living with cancer is also available at the charity’s online Covid 19 hub.