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Macmillan Primary Care Navigator Leaflet

Dr Owen Carter is the cancer lead GP for Wandsworth. He is responsible for designing the pathways with which we can get early diagnosis and treatment for people in whom we suspect cancer. We are encouraged to refer people who have as little as a 3% chance of actually having cancer. We are able to get hospital appointments within 2 weeks. We are getting more direct access to scans and some people will be directly recalled for investigation after certain test results. Abnormal smear results and chest Xrays may result in direct recall to a gynaecologist or a chest clinic.

A lot of cancer could be prevented by improved lifestyle. In a word, keep slim and active, don't smoke nor drink too much.

National screening is available for breast, cervical and colon cancers. Do take up invitations to attend for screening. Individual screening can be offered for those at higher genetic risk of certain cancers with advice from our local clinical genetics service.

 

In December 2019, we launched the new Macmillan Primary Care Navigator Service. This is pilot to offer free information and support to those living with or beyond cancer who are aged 18+. The service is here to support you at any point during your cancer – at diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.

Every person’s experience after receiving a cancer diagnosis is different and it can be an upsetting time for you, your family and friends. Most people diagnosed with cancer have concerns, not just about cancer itself, but also how it affects their everyday life, and they may require extra support. Our Macmillan Primary Care Navigator will listen to you, help address any worries you may have, and support you in accessing practical, financial, emotional, and physical support, as well as support for your carer.

We will aim to contact you about the service after your diagnosis. However, you can also contact the service yourself to request an appointment or ask to be referred at any point; this includes after your treatment has ended. Your GP might suggest you meet with the Navigator when you are seen for your Cancer Care Review.

 

Ask your GP about this or you can contact the Macmillan Primary Care Navigator directly on 020 7924 4413 or by emailing macmillan.batterseanavigator@nhs.net.

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