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Toynbee Hall examines cancer support services in Tower Hamlets

Published: 10 Jun 2015


The Research team at Toynbee Hall is carrying out a study into support services for people with cancer in Tower Hamlets.

Funded by Healthwatch Tower Hamlets and the local Clinical Commissioning Group, the research will look into the needs of people affected by cancer and how services can better support them and their families.

Toynbee Hall Information and Systems Manager, Daniel Bunn, said: “At such a difficult time, it is incredibly important that those affected can access appropriate services quickly and easily. We hope this research will help improve the experience and outcomes for cancer patients and their families.”

The findings will feed into a wider report which will help ensure the views of the local community are taken into consideration when designing and commissioning health and social care services across the borough.

Many of the participants have been referred to the study through our free Macmillan benefits advice service. Working in partnership with Barts Health NHS Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support (MCS), the service provides welfare benefits advice to people who have a diagnosis of cancer.

Money might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you or someone close to you is diagnosed with the illness. However, MCS estimates 91% of households of those directly affected experience a drop in income. Our service is here to help people and their families deal with the financial impact of cancer.

If you are interested in taking part in the research send an email to or call 020 7247 6943.