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Tenovus' seven-day cancer callback service.

CANCER patients across Wales are set to benefit from the world's first callback service set up by cancer charity Tenovus.

Tenovus Cancer Callback service, launched today, will offer newly diagnosed cancer patients across Wales a series of regular calls from an experienced nurse.

These nurses will then support them through their cancer treatment as well as allowing cancer patients access to a direct line staffed seven days a week.

The charity was able to set up the scheme after being awarded a grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing following a successful pilot project carried out earlier in the year.

Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said: "A cancer diagnosis is a major event in the lives of increasing numbers of people in Wales and can bring with it many worries and concerns and, in conjunction with existing specialist NHS services, Tenovus is now able to address these.

"This scheme is fantastic as it provides patients with advice and practical support throughout their cancer treatment and beyond." The project will run for two years with a group of part-time nurses joining existing staff.

Claudia McVie, chief executive at Tenovus, said: "Tenovus nurses will be with them throughout their treatment, every step of the way, and they will be just a phone call away."

The Cancer Callback scheme is free and patients can sign up to it by calling Tenovus on 0808 808 1010.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Sep 5, 2012
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