Macmillan in the Highlands
Every day 20 people in the North of Scotland hear the devastating news that they have cancer. For those that do, it is probably the toughest experience that they have ever faced. If you, or a loved one, are diagnosed with cancer, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way. And that’s where Macmillan comes in.
With the continued support of people in the Highlands, Macmillan can be care there for people with cancer, as well as their carers and friends.
Our team of medical professionals across the Highlands, including Community, Breast, Lung and Palliative Care Nurses, Physiotherapists and Pharmacists, provide the highest level of cancer care, while our five benefits services help people affected by cancer claim benefits to help with the financial impact cancer can have. Money raised locally last year allowed us to give out over £47,000 in grants to people in the Highlands pay fuel bills and for white goods, clothes, a new bed and travelling expenses to and from hospital for treatment.
While its good news that, thanks to better treatments and earlier diagnosis, more people are surviving cancer, we know that the impact of the illness does not suddenly stop when treatment is over.
One of the conditions that we know people can experience is lymphoedema, which is a persistent tissue swelling caused by fluid retention. Macmillan is working with NHS Highland to help people at risk of developing, and those who have, lymphoedema as a result of their cancer diagnosis and treatment to be able to self-manage the condition and provide support to others.
It’s thanks to the hard work and dedication of our supporters in the Highlands who raise so much money for us that we are able to offer this vital support to people affected by cancer locally. We don’t want anyone to face cancer alone, and with your conitnued support will help us ensure that nobody does.