You only truly realise when it effects you or someone you love...

I'm not sure how i'm meant to use this forum so I apologise in advance if i'm using it incorrectly. I've always supported MacMillan throughout my years whether through albeit small donations, thoughts for others or even sponsorship events but have never fully realised the effect of cancer first hand until now with the diagnosis of my mum who I love dearly... I want to ask a generic question to help my mum but hopefully others as well in the same position. My question is: As a loved one of someone with a new diagnosis, I'm guessing our minds naturally switch to what can I do to ensure I have done everything in my power to get the best/optimum treatment available for my loved one? I know it's not a simple question to answer, however other than Google on my side I don't know the best place to start in order to find the best treatment I can to help my loved one when they have been there for me all this time. I hope this comes across as I intended, and I appreciated any advice you can give. Thank you for your time in advance.

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

    Firstly, I’d like to say thank you for your years of support. We really appreciate it and we couldn’t do what we do without people like yourself.

    I’m very sorry to hear about your mum’s diagnosis, has her health care team already discussed with her what kind of treatment might be appropriate?

    I understand the temptation to Google but do make sure the information you’re looking at is credible. All the treatment information on our website is up to date and verified but you’d be welcome to speak to one of our cancer specialist nurses on our support line if you have any further questions. You can call in on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am – 8pm), web chat or email if you’d prefer.

    It’s never easy when someone we care about is diagnosed with cancer ConcernedSonPlus. How do you feel you’re coping emotionally just now? Do you have much support? We’re here for you (and your mum too of course) so please stay in touch if it helps to talk or if you have any further questions. We also have a forum for family and friends where you can talk to others who are in a similar situation.

    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.