Helping hand for cancer patients in Weston-super-Mare

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By Carol_Deacon | Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 10:53

Macmillan Cancer Support and Weston Area Health Trust have joined together to provide a Macmillan Dietetic Service for the local community. 

Macmillan has appointed lead dietitian Sian Russell, dietitian Hannah Burton and support worker Felicity Ounsley to help.

The trio who are all based at the hospital can give dietary and nutritional advice and care to people with cancer.

 During treatment some patients experience a loss of appetite or nausea that might cause them to lose weight. 

Others may have long-term side effects as a result of surgery or treatment and might need to change their diet. 

The team provide education and support to people with cancer and offer help and give information to family members and carers. 

They also support people who need to be fed through a tube or intravenously and see patients in a variety of settings including in hospital, outpatient clinics, patients own homes and at cancer support groups.

Sian said: "Eating and drinking is an important part of our lives, people with cancer often have specific dietary requirements which need expert advice and management. 

"During and after cancer treatment eating problems can be common due to side effects which can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, taste changes and swallowing difficulties. 

"After cancer, patients are often keen to learn about the role of diet and lifestyle in the secondary prevention of cancer. 

"The Macmillan dietetic team offers a patient centred service to people affected by cancer throughout all stages of their cancer journey."

Macmillan fundraising manager Tracey Lee said, "We are delighted to welcome Sian, Hannah and Felicity to their new roles. 

"Cancer is the toughest fight that many of us can face so it is important that the right team is in place to give appropriate support. 

"We are extremely grateful to everyone locally who has given their support – both time and money – to help us improve cancer care across the country. 

"We can only do it with your help."

Tracey is currently forming a fundraising group based in Weston-super-Mare and urges local people to consider if they are able to give a few hours of their time to make the group successful. 

The group will be holding awareness and fundraising events throughout the year in order to raise vital funds to help people affected by cancer. 

Local People can contact Tracey to find out ways to get involved with the group on tlee@macmillan.org.uk or 0780 955 4961.

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