Macmillan Cancer Support and Thyroid Cancer

Posted by Anne-Marie on January 12, 2015

Macmillan Cancer Support has appointed a thyroid cancer information nurse specialist for the first time, to work on its national support line.

Geraldine Hamilton started work in the newly-created role in January.  The charity said her appointment was intended to meet the specific challenges facing people affected by thyroid cancer, such as a lack of information or availability of a support network.

Ms Hamilton said: “Thyroid cancer is a relatively rare cancer, compared to other forms of the disease, so those diagnosed often don’t get the information and support they badly need.

“It is really important that people affected by thyroid cancer get accurate information about the effects of treatment, as well as coping with life after they have been treated and even after they’ve been given the all-clear,” she said.

Around 2,700 people are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year in the UK. Survival data suggests the outlook for the most common types of thyroid cancer is very good, with 92% surviving a year after diagnosis and 89% surviving for five years.

John Newlands, senior cancer information nurse specialist at Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “Geraldine’s new role will provide much needed support to people living with and beyond thyroid cancer as we have found that people can often feel isolated due to the rarity of the cancer.”

To read the full article, as published in the Nursing Times, click here

http://www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice/specialisms/cancer/nurse-becomes-first-thyroid-specialist-with-charity-advice-line/5077943.article#

To read Geraldine’s thought’s on the role; please click the link below,

http://community.macmillan.org.uk/blogs/b/community_news/archive/2015/01/06/coping-with-thyroid-cancer-new-specialist-nurse-service.aspx

There will also be a live thyroid cancer webchat on the Macmillan Online Community on Wednesday 21 January, 12-1pm.

To contact the Macmillan Support Line call 0808 808 0000 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 8pm)