SCOTTISH patients who have survived cancer will be equipped to help other sufferers fighting the disease through a groundbreaking new scheme funded and backed by cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
Volunteers who have themselves struggled against cancer will advise patients on how to cope with the distressing effects of the disease and its gruelling treatments, reports The Scotsman newspaper.
The scheme in the first project of its kind in Scotland. The formal training course has been developed by Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.
The The £500,000 project will see dozens of cancer survivors – to be called Macmillan Supporters – go through the training to support patients embarking on treatment.
In a pilot project, they will offer help with nutrition and diet, and eventually they will give guidance on undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as navigating the benefits system.