Cancer care welcomed

Lynn Taylor relaxes at her Portobello home with Bo. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Lynn Taylor relaxes at her Portobello home with Bo. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Finding out she had breast cancer was a shock for Lynn Taylor but fast diagnosis and surgery made the process much easier to bear.

So hearing the Government was putting more money into better and faster services for cancer patients, including funding for dedicated nurses to co-ordinate care and support for patients, was welcome news.

"It's excellent news," said Mrs Taylor (49), who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.

Research showed cancer patients could come into contact with up to 28 doctors and even more nurses throughout treatment.

Having one point of contact would help ease anxiety and give some consistency at a time when it was hard to absorb all of the information being given to you, she said.

Anything that reduced the obstacles in treatment and provided an interface between patients and their doctors would make a huge difference.

"All the language is so different; you are hearing all these new words, to have a good consistent person there as a reference person."

Learning results quicker would also alleviate the worry, as for those weeks waiting for your results you lived hour by hour, Mrs Taylor said.

"You worry that in the meantime you'll be eaten alive."

It would also be an even more important initiative for those who did not have the support of friends and family, she said.


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