Re: Winter 2013/14 - Page 92

No one in Sussex should face cancer alone Sadly, every day 21 people in Sussex hear the devastating news they have cancer and 11 people die from the illness. These are the facts, and the numbers are growing: by 2030 the number of people living with cancer in Sussex will be enough to fill the Brighton and Hove Amex Stadium four and a half times. Add to that the fact that by 2020 almost half of Britons will get cancer in their lifetime, and it becomes most likely that we will all know somebody who has a cancer diagnosis at any given time. There are already 164 practising Macmillan professionals in Sussex, and we need more if we are to adequately support the estimated growth in diagnosis rates.  In order to fund these invaluable services and healthcare professionals, Macmillan Cancer Support relies almost entirely (97%) on donations from the general public and local companies.  The increase in cancer diagnoses that we predict could also result in thousands of local people in our community feeling isolated both during their treatment and after it ends. At Macmillan Cancer Support we believe that no one should face cancer alone. We are on a mission to ensure that nobody in Sussex feels alone during and after their treatment for cancer. Sussex is currently one of the only counties in the UK that doesn’t have a designated cancer information centre. This means that many people affected by cancer in Sussex don’t have easy access to professionals and information that could help them deal with their cancer diagnosis. Whether they need information about their diagnosis, signposting to relevant services in the area or help with their finances, a lack of support can leave people affected by cancer feeling very isolated.  Macmillan Cancer Support has joined forces with The Sussex Cancer Fund and Brighton and Sussex University 90 Hospitals NHS Trust to raise £3.7m and build The Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre opposite the Sussex County Hospital. Building work is due to commence in early 2014 and more information about the project is available on the www.macmillan.org.uk website under ‘Sussex Cancer Centre’. The Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre will be a safe, non clinical environment, accessible to anyone affected by cancer. It will offer comprehensive advice and information, support from health and social care