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Improving the cancer journey

If you are living in Perth and Kinross and have been affected by cancer, our Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ) service is here to help you live as well as possible.

Why use our service?

Cancer doesn't just affect your physical wellbeing, it can impact on every aspect of your life and the lives of those around you. Knowing where to turn for support isn't always easy because you may feel overwhelmed by all the things that come with a cancer diagnosis. You may already be connected with cancer specialists and nurses but how well connected are you to the non-clinical support that is available?

How can we help?

We help anyone affected by cancer. This includes when you have cancer and when you care for someone with cancer. You can be a family member or friend, or you might be a professional carer.  Our service is here to help connect you to supportive non-clinical care in your local area

  • We know a lot about how cancer affects people. We also know about the services in your area that can:
  • provide support during difficult times
  • ease money worries because we understand the impact cancer can have on your finances
  • bring kindness through social connection
  • help you move more because this can increase your energy levels and help you to maintain the daily activities that are important to you
  • Help you sleep better because good sleep helps you cope better
  • and reduce anxiety because we want you to live life as fully as you can

Our link workers in Perth & Kinross, Dundee City and Angus will listen to your concerns and find out what matters to you. We can discuss your options together and guide you towards the support you need. Depending on what you need and want, we can offer advice, share information, and make referrals to the right services.

We provide support over the phone, face to face in the local community or online via video calls.

To enquire call us on 01382 433340, send an email to, or text YES and your name to 07435619831 or 07435619794.

What difference will it make?

When asked about our service people said we helped them understand their needs, hopes and preferences. They also said we helped them access life changing and sustaining support. Here's some things people experienced:

I feel more confident leading up to the radiotherapy

The Macmillan link worker was sympathetic

Made me realise that I was not on my own and could pick up the phone anytime

They were there for me as and when I needed

I do not think they could have been anymore helpful.  The service I received was excellent

Life struggles happening alongside cancer were having a huge impact on me so the referral to counselling helped me deal with strong emotions and get the support I needed at the right time

They were really helpful and compassionate.  It felt good for me being able to let everything out without knowing who I was speaking to as I don't normally talk to people I don't know

They have supported me with loads, there was nothing that they can support me with better

I know there is someone I could phone if necessary

Before the assessment I assumed nothing could be done and I had to endure the negative impact of cancer.  The link worker helped me connect with the things I needed

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Last modified on 05 June 2023

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