Bob Doris MSP with Carol Monaghan MP and Chris Stephens MP supporting MacmillanSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, visited Macmillan’s isolation booth in Central Station recently. The booth presented limited vision of the outside world and whilst inside Bob heard of the experiences of two women facing cancer. Bob spoke to a number of volunteers about the impact that cancer has on the lives of those facing the illness as well as their family and friends.

Having already helped over 1,000 people in Glasgow, their volunteers provide an in depth knowledge about cancer and they provide support for patients and relatives alike.

MacMillan Cancer Support strives to improve an individual’s cancer journey by finding out what help that person needs, including benefits advice, and then acts on their behalf to get the support they require. The charity provides practical advice on diet and nutrition to help patients manage changes in their appetite and weight. They also work in partnership with Boots where expert Macmillan Beauty Advisors can offer face-to-face advice about caring for hair, nails and skin. Bob is urging more people with cancer to call Macmillan on 08088080000 should they need support and advice.

Following his experience in the booth Bob, who is also deputy chair of Health and Sport Committee at Scottish Parliament said:

“The booth symbolised the many hurdles presented to cancer patients. A key moment for me was when I tried looking outside of the booth and struggled to see what was going on around me in busy Glasgow Central Station. It felt extremely disorientating and represented the isolation experienced by many cancer sufferers. I was touched by the stories I listened to and it has given me a better insight into how to support my constituents living with cancer

“Macmillan provides valuable support to people affected by cancer. That support may be giving advice on benefits, providing someone to talk to or providing trained volunteers to lend a helping hand which may include shopping, doing light housework or lifts to one-off appointments. This is a vital service to patients, family and friends who need help and advice on how to deal with the challenges facing them.

“22% of people living with cancer say they suffer from loneliness since they were diagnosed. The impact of loneliness has many implications, it can cause cancer patients to refuse treatment, stop taking their medication or stop eating - I would urge anyone living with cancer to get in touch with Macmillan if they need support. It is also important to remember that with initiatives such as the Scottish Government’s ‘detect cancer early’ initiative many more people are surviving cancer."