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New Bexley cancer support centre “just brilliant”

PUBLISHED: 13:33 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:33 13 February 2018

The centre is part of Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup. Picture: Dimbleby Macmillan support centre

The centre is part of Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup. Picture: Dimbleby Macmillan support centre

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A new cancer service at the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, has been met with enthusiasm and praise from visitors.

Since opening in May 2017, residents of south east London and north Kent have been able to access expert clinical advice, counselling, complementary therapies and specialist cancer information at the £200,000 state-of-the-art centre.

Two leading cancer charities, Dimbleby Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support, have partnered-up to make this life-changing service a reality.

The team, who offer vital, all-round support to anyone living with cancer, along with their families and carers, are now looking to help even more people.

The centre is open to patients and members of the public alike – either in person or by phone.

Judy Way is just one of those who has been helped by the team.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Judy found the support centre to be a great source of help for the next stage of her journey.

She said: “Finding such a wonderful, supportive facility close by has meant an enormous amount to me – I just know they are there should I need them.

“The team make you so welcome and feel so special.

“It’s just brilliant.”

Anna Wooder, Dimbleby Cancer Care information nurse specialist, added: “We have a warm and friendly environment here, where anyone affected by cancer can seek the support they need.

“We can be found in the new Guy’s Cancer building at Queen Mary’s Hospital.

“Patients can just drop-in and get support at the time they need it most, whether that’s when they have chemotherapy or radiotherapy sessions or if they would just like to pop by for a cup of tea and a chat.”

Ed Tallis, Macmillan head of services for London said: “Every day, more than 100 people in London and Kent hear the devastating news that they have cancer.

“This number is set to nearly double by 2030.

“For this reason, we’re proud that the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre is helping people affected by cancer in the area – during and after treatment.

“Life with cancer is still life and it is services such these that let people live it.”

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