HELPING MANX BREAST CANCER SUPPORT PATIENTS
The Manx Breast Cancer Support Group is a charity that works to improve the Island’s breast care service through improved diagnostics, treatment and patient experience. In recent years it has successfully fundraised to provide the Island with a new state-of-the-art Breast Cancer Unit with the latest and most advanced advanced cancer equipment.
Patients going through chemotherapy or immunotherapy often live in total isolation except when they leave their homes to undergo treatment and tests. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck the Island, the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group worked with doctors and patients to identify how these vulnerable individuals were being impacted.
For patients undergoing treatment and their families, this already stressful experience was being worsened by the risk of contracting Covid-19 when travelling to surgeries, Noble’s Hospital and across to England. These patients travelling via plane were also facing a lack of food options after their appointments.
The Manx Breast Cancer Support Group successfully applied for a grant from the Manx Solidarity Fund to fund the purchase of face masks, food containers, hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes. The chosen masks add a level of protection from Covid-19 for these vulnerable patients, whilst the sanitising items allow surfaces to be cleansed on their travels to treatment - such as wheelchairs, plane armrests and steering wheels. The food containers provide patients with the ability to bring their own food with them for after treatment. Armed with these items, patients were able to feel safer when leaving isolation.
We are grateful for the Manx Solidarity Fund’s contribution to aid cancer patients on the Island. This grant has allowed us to purchase equipment that mitigates the risks presented by Covid-19 to vulnerable people undergoing cancer treatment. We are so thankful for this support.
- Carole Male, Vice Chairman, Manx Breast Cancer Support Group