New research has indicated that about 30 percent of people who suffer from cancer feel that they don’t have sufficient information and support outside of their specialist healthcare team. The cancer charity Macmillan, and the high street giant Boots, have recently been working together to bring information to pharmacists that gives people information about how to deal with people who are living with cancer.
The information is available in many stores around the country, and the chances are you will be able to find it in your local Boots store.
This is the first time that the role of the pharmacist has been extended in order to give out information about dealing with cancer. It is estimated that around 2 million people in the UK are currently living with the disease, and it is expected to increase to about 4 million within the next 20 years.
The demands for cancer health care are certainly going to rise in the next few years, and one of the ways this rise is going to be dealt with his through a greater reliance on pharmacies providing information about living with cancer.
Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan, commented: “The Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists are the next stage in what is already a strong and sector-leading partnership that we both are extremely proud of. Macmillan and Boots UK believe that by sharing expertise and working together, we can reach even more of the millions of people affected by cancer than we are currently.”
The research also showed that nearly three quarters (74%) of people living with cancer felt that the information and support they received outside of their healthcare team made them better equipped to understand their cancer experience:
– 92% felt it had a positive impact on their emotional, physical or financial well being
– 51% felt able to understand more about their cancer and their experience of it
– 48% felt able to make decisions that were right for them
Alex Gourlay, Chief Executive of Health & Beauty Division, Alliance Boots, added: “The introduction of the Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist means that for the millions of customers that visit Boots pharmacies across the country, they can access increased cancer information and support. The findings from this research highlight just how important accessing the right information at the right time can be for people affected by cancer and the role it can play in helping them to manage their condition.”
Visit www.boots.com/cancer to find your nearest Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist. For cancer support contact Macmillan on 0808 808 0000 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.