Macmillan Cancer Support

I Thought Cancer Had Left Me Infertile But Today I'm Celebrating Father's Day As A Dad For The First Time

Paul Simms | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Parents
Paul Simms

I'm so proud and I have absolutely loved being a dad. Without a doubt, my cancer and being told it would never happen has made me appreciate it even more. There is nothing more rewarding than walking through the front door after a long hard day at work to a beaming smile from Sophie, it's just amazing!

Woman Shares Photo Of Inflammatory Breast Cancer Symptom In Hope It'll Save Lives

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has shared a photo of her breast in the hope it’ll educate others of the warning signs of inflammatory breast cancer. Jennifer Cordts notic...

What You Should Know About Secondary Breast Cancer, Following Olivia Newton-John's Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Olivia Newton-John has revealed that her breast cancer has returned and spread to her lower back. The 68-year-old Australian singer has been forced to...

7 Warning Signs Of Anal Cancer

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Anal cancer is a rare form of cancer, affecting roughly 1,200 people each year in the UK. The risk of developing the disease increases as a person age...

Can You Spot The Signs Of Vulval Cancer?

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Vulval cancer affects roughly 1,170 women in the UK each year. It affects the the area of skin between a woman’s legs which is made up of two outer...

10 Thoughtful Mother's Day Gift Ideas For Mums With Cancer

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If your mum has been diagnosed with cancer, it can be difficult to know what to get her for Mother’s Day. After all, she’s going through a lot a...

Supporting Women Affected By Breast Cancer At Home And Abroad This International Women's Day

Della Ogunleye | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Della Ogunleye

all women everywhere It just goes to show that cancer doesn't respect borders - it can happen to anybody, anywhere. If I can use my experience to support even one woman in Nigeria who wouldn't otherwise have access to the support they need, I'll be happy.

Sharing Is Caring: How Blogging About Cancer Can Be The Best Medicine

Jazmine Sky Bradley | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jazmine Sky Bradley

Every day I edit and publish blog posts written by people affected by cancer. Writing a post can be an incredible emotional relief, a way for people to share their story, raise awareness of what they've been through, and connect with others.

Knowing Your Rights As A Cancer Carer Can Make All The Difference

Lynda Thomas | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Thomas

At Macmillan, we believe that carers shouldn't lose out for being the unsung heroes and the back-bone of care in our communities, so on this Carer's Rights Day, I'd like to ask cancer carers one question - do you know your rights?

Cancer And Caring: The Devastating Effect Caring For A Parent With Cancer - As Well As Children - Can Have On Families Affected By A Cancer Diagnosis

Lynda Thomas | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Thomas

It can be tough being a parent sometimes, but when you're looking after your children while also caring for a parent who has been diagnosed with cancer it can be much harder. As Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, I often meet people in this situation

Six Things You Didn't Know About Male Breast Cancer That You Definitely Should

John Newlands | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
John Newlands

My role as a senior nurse on Macmillan's Support Line is to provide information and support to anyone who calls us with worries about cancer. So read on for my top facts about breast cancer in men, the symptoms to look out for and what to do if you think you might be affected.

Almost 1.5Million Carers in the UK But Over Half Have No Support

Lynda Thomas | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Thomas

Our new figures show that not only have the numbers of carers increased by a third in the past five years but friends and family are spending around 17 hours a week looking after loved ones. Some carers are even spending 35 hours a week caring - the same as a full time job - and yet many won't have the pay packet to show for it.

Cancer Destroyed My Health and My Bank Balance

Devry Souayed | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Devry Souayed

New research from Macmillan Cancer Support shows that the average British family cannot afford cancer. That was certainly true in my case. I had to make some impossible decisions simply just to keep a roof over our heads.

The Financial Fallout for Families Affected by Cancer Can Be a Terrifying Reality

Lynda Thomas | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Thomas

Our new analysis shows that the average British family simply cannot afford to get cancer. Having the disease costs 4 in 5 patients an average of £570 per month. This is a combination of incurring extra costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, as well as losing income if they are too ill to work.

11 Money Saving Tips If You're Going Through Cancer

Emma Cross | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Cross

As a Macmillan Cancer Support Finance Expert, I often speak to families struggling to make ends meet when they're hit with a cancer diagnosis. I've written a list of money saving tips to help you cut costs if you're affected by the disease...

I Thought Cancer In My 20s Had Left Me Infertile - Now I Can't Wait to Become a Dad

Paul Simms | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Simms

My wife's expecting our first daughter in August this year, and I can't wait. I'm so excited about being a dad. But rewind just a few short years, and I could never have imagined this would be happening to me. Because my cancer surgeon had just uttered the words "the treatment will almost certainly leave you infertile".

International Women's Day: My Story

Parul Banka | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Parul Banka

On the occasion of International Women's Day this year, I invite all the beautiful women reading this post to have faith in themselves, find their voice and stand up for what they believe is the right thing. I also want to delve into why I am saying this and share my story with you.

Why I Love My Job Speaking to People Affected by Cancer

Jess Evans | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Evans

"I could never do that", is the most common response when I say I work for Macmillan Cancer Support and speak to people affected by cancer every day. Why would you like to work with such sad (some might say depressing) subject matter?

Open Letter to Chancellor George Osborne Calling for Better Choice at the End of Life for People Affected By Cancer

Nikki Hill | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK Politics
Nikki Hill

We know you recognise the importance of improving end of life care and committed to this in your manifesto. We want you to keep that promise and ensure that people who are nearing the end of their life are supported to die in the place and manner of their choosing.

Yes, That Cancer Patient Over There Knows That You're Staring at Them

Martina Gruppo | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martina Gruppo

There are certain realities you have to face when you have a cancer diagnosis. Life is never going to be quite the same again. Chemotherapy saps your strength and energy levels and the radiotherapy is sore long after you leave the unit, but worse than the treatment itself, for many women, is the hair loss.

Why I Decided to 'Live Flat' After Breast Cancer - and Ended Up on EastEnders

Gill Roberts | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gill Roberts

At the diagnosis appointment my surgeon went straight on to suggest a mastectomy followed by a stomach tuck to reconstruct a new breast, and explained how they'd have to reduce the other breast as I was fairly well endowed and it was unlikely they could reconstruct to match.

Celebrating Life Helped Me Face the Prospect of Death

Waheed Nasim | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Waheed Nasim

I knew that I might not survive. The cancer was highly aggressive and the surgeries were very risky, carrying a 50% percent paralysis risk. At times I was tempted to focus on the injustice of it all. I'd done nothing to deserve this, but no cancer patient ever does. So, instead of staring hopelessly at the bleakness of my situation I determined to be positive...

I Had to Walk the Great Wall of China Before I Could Face My Mother's Death

Linzi Marks | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Linzi Marks

Looking back I realised that if I hadn't joined the challenge and stood there at that point in time, I might never have addressed all of the built-up pain and emotion that was eating away inside me. It gave me the safe space I needed to open up and really start healing.

I Lost My Husband to Skin Cancer: Don't Repeat My Mistakes

Lyndsay Bateman | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Lyndsay Bateman

Deep down, we know that we should be safe in the sun. I certainly knew it, but my husband Graham thought he was 'indestructible' and so he didn't wear sun cream. It's only now, as a widow after Graham was cruelly snatched away by skin cancer when he was just 43 years old, that I can't believe I didn't act differently and make him protect himself.

What I Learnt Caring for My Partner With Cancer

Juliet Bouverie | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
Juliet Bouverie

Ten years later, what are my reflections on my experience as a carer? First, I never saw myself as a carer. The word 'carer' implies forced responsibilities. I was simply and overwhelmingly John's girlfriend who only wanted the best for him. We had wonderful times together - cancer isn't all bad - and his illness only made us appreciate each other even more.