Macmillan have appointed a consultant radiographer to lead the charity’s late effects service, with a particular focus on head and neck cancer patients.
Emma Hallam previously worked as a Macmillan radiotherapy information and support radiographer at the Nottingham Radiotherapy Centre.
“In 2013 I helped to develop the Nottingham Macmillan late effects service. It helps patients to manage both physical and psychological consequences of treatment with the main focus on trying to improve quality of life”, Emma explained.
“Over the past few years, we have seen a significant increase in head and neck referrals to the late effects clinic and this got me thinking about how we can support these patients earlier on the follow-up pathway to educate them about late effects, and to see if we can actually reduce the severity and impact of such effects if we detect them earlier.”
Her new role will involve expanding late effects from a two-day a week service to meet growing demand.