Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer charity say lack of staff is affecting patient care

NHS workers are so stretched cancer patients in Lincolnshire aren't getting all the emotional and physical support they need, it has been claimed

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A survey by the charity Macmillian Cancer Support suggests a quarter of cancer patients across the East Midlands think healthcare staff seem to have unmanageable workloads.

Nikki Cannon from the charity says they are launching a campaign calling on the Government to urgently address the "crisis" facing both the NHS and social care sector:

There is an absolute crisis in the NHS, there are 40,000 nursing vacancies and there are simply not enough staff to be able to deliver care safely and effectively and patients are feeling that."

Nikki CannonMacmillan Cancer Support

The Government says it has recently announced a multi-million pound package of support to train and retain the nurses the NHS needs.

Matt conquers lakes and fells in cancer fund challenge

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Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

This is Matt Williams, minutes after he completed an epic journey around the Lake District swimming 45 miles on 14 lakes and walking around 100 miles over the hills in just 10 days.

Matt Williams
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Matt undertook the challenge, for Macmillan Cancer Support, inspired by his sister Lucy Westley's exoerience of the disease, and he is hoping to raise more than £5,000.

It is not thought anyone has completed such a journey before.

I knew he'd been training in the background and doing a lot of open-water swimming, but I didn't know why and then about three weeks ago he let me know why - really rpoud of him, really proud."

Lucy Westley

Beau runs another day in £30,000 cancer charity challenge

Beau McKee, 11, from Cleator Moor, has completed a challenge to raise more than £30,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by running every day for 501 days.

beau McKee on Victoria Derbyshire show
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Beau ran with his father Gary, on days that included the driving snow of the Beast from the East to a day on holiday in Greece when the temperature was 37C (99F).

Beau says the original plan was to run for 300 days, that was extended to 500, and then an extra day was added.

When we worked out the date it would be my little sister's birthday and I wanted her day to be about her."

Beau McKee

Cancer mum tackles first Parkrun to show 'power of exercise'

A mum living with cancer is attempting her first Parkrun event to promote the benefits of exercise for people with advanced forms of the disease.

Tony Collier, Gemma Ellis and Helen Bacon
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Gemma Ellis, 36, from Chapel-en-le-Frith has never really exercised before but has been in training with regular runners Helen Bacon and Tony Collier who also have metastatic - or stage 4 - cancer.

Gemma's breast cancer has spread to her spine so she is now planning to walk the 5km Stretford Parkrun event on Saturday.

They all feature in a film by Macmillan Cancer Support showing how exercise can help people with incurable but treatable cancer live better, and potentially longer.

Helen, from Chorlton, says she finds exercise a huge help in living with the illness:

Going out for a run or getting out on my bike is like a reset button. I can be having a really negative day, but half an hour of exercise will turn this around, nearly every time.

Helen Bacon

I do hope the film has a positive effect on people who are perhaps newly diagnosed that you can achieve new goals.

Gemma Ellis

End of life care: Home or hospice?

Adrienne Betteley from Macmillan Cancer Support talks end of life care with #YouMeBigC.
Adrienne Betteley, specialist advisor for at Macmillan Cancer Support joins Steve Bland, Deborah James and Lauren Mahon to discuss the options available for end of life care.