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Cancer Services

The Cancer Services have specialist teams to deliver compassionate, high-quality care and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.

Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Service

The Macmillan Cancer Resource Centre is a joint venture between Macmillan Cancer Support and East Cheshire NHS Trust and is located on the ground floor near the rear car park at Macclesfield District General Hospital.  

The centre was opened in September 2003 with an official opening by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Our philosophy

We believe that everyone affected by cancer deserves high quality, accessible, appropriate information, treatment and support.

We aim to meet these expectations by providing a welcoming and safe environment for all visitors so that patients, their families and friends can be helped to come to terms with the impact of their diagnosis on their lives emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially.

The centre operates a coordinated, multi-agency approach to the support of cancer patients, providing specialist cancer services in a confidential, friendly, supporting and informal environment.  This includes;

  • Macmillan Support and Information Service
  • Oncology Outpatient Clinics
  • Chemotherapy treatment suite
  • Oncology Research Team

The centre is open from Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) from 8:30am to 5:00pm

The Macmillan Support and Information Service

You are welcome to drop in for information or to talk about your concerns.  The Support and Information Service is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm

Whatever your question about cancer we will do our best to answer it - or find someone who can.  If you wish to talk in private, a quiet room is available.

Chemotherapy treatment 

Click here for information on Chemotherapy treatment


Information booklets

We have information available on all cancers, and a variety of information about the emotional and practical impact of a cancer diagnosis from Macmillan Cancer Support and other specialist cancer charities.

Information is also available in a variety of formats including audio, easy read and some information is also available in languages other than English.

Emotional Support for patients, carers and relatives

  • Confidential one-to-one counselling support
  • Complementary therapy sessions for relaxation, including
    • Reflexology
    • Therapeutic massage
    • Indian Head massage
    • Reiki
  • Mindful Compassion Group and one-to-one sessions held in the centre

Benefits and financial support

Information about local and national support groups, some of which are held in the centre

  • Living with Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Group
  • Blood Cancers Support Group
  • Prostate Cancer Support Groups

Physical Activity

Referral to local leisure centres for a free 12-week exercise programme. 

Walking group - an opportunity to meet for gentle walks in the local area usually followed by refreshments at a local cafe where possible

Hair Loss

Information about hair loss as a result of some chemotherapy treatment and details of local wig and headwear suppliers.

After Treatment and Survivorship

Patients who have recently completed their treatment are invited to a Health and Wellbeing Event held monthly in the hospital where information is available as well as speakers on relevant subjects and the opportunity to speak to the Specialist Nursing Teams

Information about support available in the local area

We have information about other services available in the local and outlying areas

The Macmillan Cancer Support website www.macmillan.org.uk provides specialist advice to patients with cancer, and those who care for them.  Our aim is to optimise the quality of life and we will endeavour to address individual concerns, whatever they may be.

The free Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 is open 7 days a week, 8:00am to 8:00pm

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