Letter to Editor: Cancer support at Christmas

Letter to Editor: Cancer support at Christmas


We had all been hoping Christmas would be a little more normal this year.


But while the emergence of the new variant has left many of us feeling uncertain about what lies ahead, for people living with cancer in Wales a normal Christmas may already have felt a long way out of reach.


The prospect of once again being isolated from friends and family is a very real one for people who are undergoing treatment and have been advised to shield.


Many will also be worried about how they’ll enjoy the holiday season when the side effects of treatment are making them feel unwell, or they feel like a burden to their family.


These are all normal feelings and worries, but they can so often feel heightened at Christmas.


We want people living with cancer across Wales to know that we are still here for them over the festive period. It might be Christmas, but that won’t stop us doing whatever it takes to help ease people’s concerns about cancer.


Macmillan’s national support line is open 365 days a year between 8am to 8pm. Anyone affected by cancer can call free on 0808 808 00 00.


Our website, www.macmillan.org.uk, has lots of information and an option for you to chat to an expert online. There’s also our online community where people share experiences, ask questions and talk to people who understand what they might be going through.

Macmillan is here to do whatever it takes to support you from the moment you are diagnosed – and that includes at Christmas time.


We hope everyone can have the Christmas they want and deserve, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need information, support or just someone to talk to.


Richard Pugh, Head of Partnerships for Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales


Stu Hodges

External Communications Manager (Wales) / Rheolwr Cyfathrebu Allanol (Cymru)

07734 384465 / shodges@macmillan.org.uk

Twitter: @macmillancymru / @stu_hodges

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