The importance of information provision for cancer patients is well documented in the literature. Studies highlight that information on their illness is increasingly important for helping people cope with their cancer by empowering patients, reducing anxiety and enhancing their sense of control and well-being.
Research commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Relief has suggested that people with cancer need information on treatment and possible side effects, diet, financial assistance and support groups as a core component of their care. There is now increasing focus for patients to be more involved in decisions about their care and treatment. It is therefore important that health professionals have improved access to information resources on cancer to ensure information provision is appropriate and tailored to meet the individual needs of their patients and their families.
At our office in Irvine, we have various leaflets and booklets which are available to all patients covering a variety of topics. Office staff can provide contact numbers for various other national & local support agencies.