Hundreds of people across Herts dial in for cancer advice and support

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Did you know that Macmillan Cancer Support operates a helpline offering information and advice? Nearly 1,600 people in the county do, because that’s how many people dialled in for help during 2014.

The charity says 75 per cent of calls were requests for clinical information and emotional support, while the rest were welfare or financial guidance queries.

The Macmillan Support Line is for anyone with questions about cancer.

It is free to call and staffed by experts who can help with a range of queries – from advice and support with money worries, clinical and treatment information, to being there to listen if a caller just wants to talk.

The Macmillan Support Line answered 148,792 calls in 2014 from across the UK, and is funded thanks to donations to the charity.

The figures were released to coincide with Cancer Talk Week, which ended on Friday.

During the week Macmillan called on the public to pledge support for the charity’s Time to Choose campaign (www.timetochoose.org.uk) and make sure improving cancer care is a priority for the next government after May’s general election.