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my dad has been diagnosed with bowel cancer he has been told a week ago that he will be put intouch with your amazing support, i was just enquiring how long before somebody will contact us. i just feel a little out of my depth and want to make sure im doing everything possible to support my dad x
Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to the online community. It’s good to see other community members have given you great support already. I can appreciate however, you want to know when your dad will get some support at home.
Your dad’s GP or hospital team will have referred him to a local specialist community palliative care team. It may be 10-14 days before they get in touch, unless the request was sent urgently. These teams are often linked to local hospices and have palliative care nurses who can visit him at home. The nurses are experienced at assessing and controlling the symptoms of cancer. They can also provide emotional support for you and your family and carers.
Hospice UK has a search engine to help you look for your dad’s local hospice. His GP could contact the team he has been referred to if you feel your dad has been waiting too long for their support. In the meantime, they will also be able to help with any symptoms or side effects he may have. And there are many other healthcare professionals that will be able to help provide help and support in the community.
There are many other ways we can help and support you and your dad. You can also look at support locally using our search engine In Your Area. If you feel your dad needs more practical support you can ask for an assessment from social services to see he is eligible for support such as home care. Your GP can make a referral, or you can contact your local adult social care service directly.
It’s important that you look after yourself as well. You may also find our information on caring for someone with cancer helpful.
I hope this this information is useful. If it would help to talk things over with one of the nurses on the support line, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Jane Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist
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