New specialist resource for cancer patients launched

Cara Taylor and Councillor Jeanette Gaul are pictured at the specialist collection in Forfar library.

Cara Taylor and Councillor Jeanette Gaul are pictured at the specialist collection in Forfar library.

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People in Angus who are facing cancer now have access to a new specialist resource which has been launched across the county.

Angus Council’s library staff have been working in partnership with Maggie’s Dundee and with local health care providers to promote and refer patients and their families to the service, ‘Take Control’, which is available through all libraries and mobile libraries in Angus.

Speaking at the launch, Councillor Jeanette Gaul, the council’s vice-convener of communities, said: “In libraries the most popular books in non-fiction after biography are medical books and through this project, Angus cancer patients will have local access to an authoritative, patient-focused collection of titles to help them take control of their illness in a pro-active way.”

Cara Taylor, Macmillan Cancer nurse consultant, also said the resources will help to keep patients and their families up to date across a variety of subjects.

She continued: “Cancer touches all families in some way and the work of this project provides people with access to up-to-date books with topics such as what to eat when having chemotherapy, relaxation and mindfulness. I am sure that this will be a well-used, supportive library service.”

Readers will be referred by key cancer health care providers and centres but self-referral will also be strongly encouraged.

The collection is available to both library members and non-members.