Questions about cancer? Then Macmillan can help

Phil Warner and Elaine Perry with Bertie, the Macmillan Mobile Information Bus
Phil Warner and Elaine Perry with Bertie, the Macmillan Mobile Information Bus
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HAVE you had cancer or know someone who has?

It is an illness that touches the lives of most people at one time or another.

Apart from the physical toll on the person with the disease, there are all sorts of other problems that it causes people – including financial problems.

Macmillan cancer support is heading to Portsmouth, Southsea and Waterlooville over the coming weeks.

Experts will be on hand to provide free, specialist information and support to the public.

Michelle Smith, a Macmillan information and support specialist on the unit, said: ‘It’s really important that people living with cancer are able to access the financial information and support they are entitled to, so they can focus on what’s most important – their health.

‘ We can help signpost people to Macmillan benefits advisers who can provide free, confidential support.

‘This month we’re also here to answer any of your other questions about cancer.

‘Whether you want to know what symptoms to look out for, need information about managing the side effects of your treatment, or want to find local support for carers, come along and see us.

‘We’d be happy to help.’

The team encourages anyone with worries or concerns relating to cancer to stop by, whether they’re living with or beyond cancer, or are a carer or loved one of someone who is.

Michelle added: ‘Macmillan research has shown that 83 per cent of people are, on average, £570 a month worse off as a result of a cancer diagnosis.

‘This is often due to being unable to work and having increased costs such as travel to hospital or increased fuel bills.’

The information bus will be visiting Waterlooville, on Wednesday, September 28, near Lloyds TSB, London Road Precinct, from 10am to 4pm.

The following day it will be outside Knight and Lee, PalmerstoneRoad, Southsea between 10am and 4pm.

And then Commercial Road, Portsmouth on Spetmber 30 from 9am until 3pm.