Improving the Cancer Journey Lothian Launch with Macmillan

A new service has been launched in Edinburgh and the Lothians to ensure cancer patients are offered emotional, practical and financial support. Cancer patients across the area can now access all the help they need by making just one phone call. Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey Service will provide cancer patients in Edinburgh and the Lothians with dedicated one-to-one support worker. They will help them access a wide range of support, from benefits advice and emotional support to help at home or with other practical needs. Anyone currently living with cancer can also access the service by simply calling the team to arrange an appointment. The project is open to everyone aged 16 and over living with cancer regardless of their cancer type or where they live in the Lothians. To find out more about the service call 07977 307 286 or 07929 784315 or email

Alison Macdonald, ELHSCP Chief Officer, says:

“I warmly welcome the launch of this new service, in a cooperation between East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support, which will provide people living with cancer with access to a package of valuable support at a difficult time for themselves and their families.

The effects of a cancer diagnosis can be devastating and life-changing and it is important that patients are provided with practical support beyond receiving high-quality clinical care. Through the ICJ service East Lothian patients will be able to receive help from skilled practitioners and much-needed advice on what support services are available close to home. I believe it will have a positive impact for people living with cancer.”

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