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A Cancer Support Centre For Cornwall Moves A Step Closer

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:37pm 7th January 2015 (Updated 4:41pm 7th January 2015)

An appeal to build Cornwall's first specialist cancer centre smashes its first milestone.

The Cove at Treliske will offer support to 13,000 patients and their families every year.

Macmillan has already raised more than half of the £3 million it will cost to build.

The Duchy needs to find the rest.

So far locals have donated a £100,000.

Emma Wright from the charity said: "I've heard so many stories of people saying 'I was told I had cancer, I walked out of the office, I walked around the corridors of the hospital, I went and sat on a wall, I didn't know what to do. So this centre has been built with the patient in mind and the carer in mind.

"I think it was 95 percent of people came back and said they wanted an information support centre, because once you receive that diagnoses, maybe as a patient, or a carer or a partner or friend, it is how you deal with that information afterwards that can sometimes be the really difficult part."

Nurse Claire tells us at the moment newly diagnosed patients are left to wander around the hospital.

She said: "Their visit at the hospital can be a number of hours, and a lot of that is waiting, so to actually have somewhere that is going to be comfortable, where you can get some information, have a cup of coffee, sit in a nice quiet environment, get support from other people, it is going to be invaluable."

Sue is a nurse and says it will help people of all ages: "There is a feeling that when they come for chemotherapy that they are surrounded by people a lot older, and that they are the only ones, so it will help to make things a bit better for patients to converse with other people who are in a similar position to themselves."

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