NHS Networks: Improving patients’ cancer experience

New guide will help trusts improve patients’ cancer experience

NHS Improving Quality and Macmillan Cancer Support have joined forces to launch a guide to help trusts improve their patients’ experience of cancer care and boost their overall performance.

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BMJ Learning: 14 January 2013

This module will help you support patients who have a diagnosis of cancer, especially after they have finished their primary treatment in hospital. It will also provide information and guidance about what you should cover in the cancer care review.

Additional modules include:

Eyes on Evidence update: Cancer

Vitamin E supplementation and prostate cancer risk
SELECT trial finds no reduction and suggests an increase in risk of prostate cancer with either selenium or vitamin E supplements.

Health professionals express a need for more training to deal with third party interpreting for cancer patients.
There is insufficient evidence to support the use of combination therapy to treat chronic kidney disease.

The evidence base continues to build, suggesting that daily aspirin can be used to prevent cancer.

Details of a new resource available via NHS Evidence search.
Links to four recently published Evidence Updates.

Lung Cancer; Conference Abstract; Creech L.; Clayton K.

The comprehensive lung cancer nursing service
Citation: Lung Cancer, January 2012, vol./is. 75/(S37), 0169-5002 (January 2012) Author(s): Institution: (Creech, Clayton) East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield District General Hospital,

The Macmillan Lung Cancer Nursing (MLCN) service at East Cheshire supports patients throughout their journey from pre-diagnosis to specialist palliative care.

The MLCNs are clinical nurse specialists with advanced nursing practice, they provide advice and assessment on all aspects of care, through all treatment modalities.

The MLCN are present at the breaking of significant news and oncology clinic. They run two nurse led clinics per week for the follow up of patients with a confirmed diagnosis of lung cancer. There is also a Lung Cancer support group for patients to engage in peer support.

The MCLN support the primary and secondary care colleagues in all aspect of symptom management and patient support Conclusions: The MLCN service is underpinned by a patient centred approach. Ensuring all aspects of Living with Lung Cancer are covered for the patient and ensuring excellent quality end of life care, whether at home, hospital or hospice. Close links and excellent communication ensures the patient is well supported and informed at any stage in their journey.

Conference Information:
10th Annual British Thoracic Oncology Group Conference, BTOG 2012
Dublin Ireland.

Publisher: Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Publication Type: Journal: Conference Abstract

Macmillan’s newsletter #5

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Welcome to the 5th issue of the Macmillan Learn Zone Update newsletter.
This issue looks at:

  • 5 new e-learning courses (e.g. Family Matters and Benefits Awareness)
  • 2 new toolkits for our healthcare professionals
  • improvements to our Members of the Public and Healthcare Professionals pages
  • a new Mi-Wellbeing online course starting on the 7th November
    and many more valuable resources.

North of England leads on patient experience

East Cheshire Trust in the top 5

Eight of ten NHS trusts at the top of a league table measuring cancer patient experience in England are in the north of the country, according to data published by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Author(s): Davis, Carol
Citation: Cancer Nursing Practice, 01 June 2011, vol./is. 10/5(6-7), 14754266
Publication Date: 01 June 2011
Source: CINAHL
Full Text:  Available in fulltext at EBSCO Host 

New cancer support services for our patients

People with cancer across Cheshire can now get help to identify the welfare benefits to which they may be entitled to, and free, confidential, advice and support to help them return to work, thanks to a new partnership between The Macmillan Support and Information Service at Macclesfield District General Hospital, Age UK and The Shaw Trust.

The new services on offer from The Macmillan Support and Information Service include;

  • Appointment and drop-in benefits advice service with Age UK;
  • Access to the ‘Benefits Made Clear’ tool – an interactive guide that can help people affected by cancer find out what financial support they may be entitled to; and
  • The Shaw Trust Employment Service, helping cancer patients get back into work.

 Read more on the trust news page

News from NHS Networks: 18 August

£800m will be spent to boost medical research, advancing diagnosis, prevention and treatment, and benefitting patients with diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
This publication is the result of a joint event between Macmillan and The King’s Fund which looked at the role of cancer networks in cancer care.