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Cancer care help; Boots is working with Macmillan to support patients and their loved-ones.

MANY cancer patients and their loved-ones have been helped over the past five years thanks to the partnership between Boots and Macmillan Cancer Support.

There are now more than 2000 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists on hand to support customers at every stage of their journey.

Boots also has over 400 Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors in stores across the country ready to assist patients with the visible side effects of cancer treatment and help give them back their confidence.

In one store in Boston, Lincolnshire, the Macmillan Beauty Advisors have even started hosting Feel More Like You sessions for women undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment.

Zoe Starbuck, Boots area manager in South Lincolnshire, said: "It's amazing to see the ladies walk out with smiles on their faces, brimming with confidence."

Boots staff across the UK have also thrown themselves into fundraising for Macmillan and to date have raised more than PS12m for the charity.

Zoe added: "There is a Boots at the heart of nearly every community - whether on the high street or in a village.

"This makes us an accessible and convenient port of call for people affected by cancer who need additional information and support. We're really proud to be making a difference in this way."

At Boots, pharmacists and their colleagues across the store are passionate about making sure cancer patients and their lovedones have access to the comprehensive cancer information and support in their local community.

Boots pharmacists can also help patients living with cancer by discussing their medication, and how to use or take their medicines in the best way.

Currently, at least 500,000 people in the UK are facing poor health or disability after treatment for cancer.

Many could be helped with simple interventions and support for selfmanagement of problems. A Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, said: "We're here to talk to cancer patients listen support and help them deal with the side effects of their treatment. We are also here to simply listen and be an emotional support.

"If patients have other worries such as financial concerns we can put them in touch with someone at Macmillan who can help.

"One lady with breast cancer who came in to ask me a question about her radiotherapy treatment had just had a mastectomy.

"While we were chatting in the private consultation room she felt comfortable enough to ask me if I wanted to see her scar.

"She told me she was feeling nervous about going out with some friends and so I was able to introduce her to one of our Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors who got her booked in for a free make-over."*

Find your nearest Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor and Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist at boots.com/en/ Macmillan/Store-locator.

"We're here to help cancer patients and to simply listen and give emotional support BOOTS MACMILLAN INFORMATION PHARMACIST

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EMMA BARNES, Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor from Boots in Boston with her Mum, Jackie who had cancer

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 22, 2015
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