CCHU information and support
The cancer education, information and support service provides people affected by cancer with quality and comprehensive information and support. The service is staffed by Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Facilitators and is supported by trained volunteers.
A drop-in service is available at the unit from Monday to Friday, 09.30am – 4pm. There is a dedicated phone line and voicemail for the service on 01296 316954.
At High Wycombe Hospital, an outreach information service is available at the Sunrise Cancer Unit on the 5th floor of the hospital. A drop-in service is available on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 10am – 1pm.
Information booklets and leaflets are free or can be borrowed, and some are suitable for people with special needs or are available in different languages. Free Wi-Fi Internet access and tailored information prescriptions are also available at CCHU.
The Internet has transformed access to information of all kinds, especially information about health. Some of this is sound, some very misleading. It is important to rely only on the major cancer organisations, with their verified and reliable information. Chief amongst these is Macmillan Cancer support. (www.macmillan.org.uk) The Lymphoma Association (www.lymphoma.org.uk) (helpline 0808 808 5555) is extremely useful for patients with lymphoma and their families and friends. Many patients find it very helpful to talk through the diagnosis and planned treatment.
Cancer Research UK (www.cancerresearchuk.org), while understanding the appeal of alternative treatments has recently counseled caution to patients.
“Alternative cures for cancer have always been with us, but the internet has given them a different channel through which they have gone global.
When people set up their blogs or comment in forums about how they saved themselves, it’s very compelling, it may seem convincing, and many people may want to believe it-but it’s impossible to know the truth behind it. That person may well have had conventional treatment as well; or the cancer may still be there. Very often, they are trying to sell some magic book or some secret formula they are making money from. Be very careful about what and whom you believe.”