How to get support

Hi - earlier this week, my son in law was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. He has just turned 30 and is now in hospital about to embark on chemo.

Because of Covid, my daughter is the only person allowed to visit.

I want to try and ensure that he has access to somebody in hospital that he can talk to and use as a counsellor and I also want to do the same for her. Any guidance on how best to organise this would be much appreciated 

Thank you.

  • Hello Howard and thank you for contacting the online community.

    I’m sorry to hear about your son-in-law’s diagnosis, I can appreciate this must be a worrying time for you and your family. How is he just now?

    Do you know if he’s been assigned a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), sometimes known as a ‘key-worker’? They will be a main point of contact in his healthcare team. Their name and contact details should be recorded in his case notes and given to him. It might be worth him speaking to them to see if he can arrange that kind of support Howard.

    There are often cancer support services based in hospitals. Some of our information and support centres provide counselling/face to face support for people affected by cancer as well as other services such as benefits advice and complementary therapies. You can find out what there is in your son-in-law’s hospital here.

    Of course, we’re here for you and your family too Howard. We offer emotional support and we have nurses and a Money and Work team here on our support line too. You can call in on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am – 8pm), web chat or to email if you’d prefer.

    How are you just now? I know it can’t be easy to know your son-in-law’s going through this as well as the impact it must be having on your daughter. We’re here for you as well so please keep in touch if it helps to talk or if you have any further questions.

    Take care.

    Alex, Information and Support Adviser

    Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email.