Top tips

Supernanny Jo Frost

Expert: Kate Goldie

Kate has been a nurse for the past 30 years and has a varied background in cancer nursing. In particular she has worked in the areas of chemotherapy, outpatient and in tae bronchoscopy day unit, where she specialised in the care of patients with haematology and lung cancers

Kate joined the Macmillan Support Line in 2009, providing support on the helpline, through digital media including Facebook and webchats. Kate has been a Macmillan Support Line media spokesperson over the past few years.

  • "Get support"
  • There are many ways to get support, from family and friends, peer support, online or from help lines (cancer specific support is available for most cancers.) support from your specialist team and GP.
    Macmillan Support
    Macmillan Online Community
  • "Learn to say yes to help from family and friends.
    "Accept offers of help, or turn to others for help. 
  • "Talk about how you are feeling"
    "Talking about cancer can be difficult, but it can also help you cope with the uncertainties or difficulties that may lie ahead. Talking is valuable in itself and can help you feel valued and supported."
  • "Take things one day at a time"
    "It takes time to recover after diagnosis and treatment.
  • "It's OK to leave something to another day, be good to yourself."
    "Sometimes the physical effects take longer to improve. It is important to pace yourself and give yourself time to adjust. If you can, try to make plans to do things you enjoy. You could try to book things a few weeks ahead, as this will give you something to look forward to."
  • "Be realistic about your recovery"
    "It takes time to heal physically and psychologically. Try to find some time just for yourself every day when you can fully relax. Find out more here about adjusting to life after cancer treatment."
  • "Think about talking to someone about your finances" 
    "Many people find that a diagnosis of cancer affects their finances and can cause money problems. Support is available through Macmillan Support line, local support centers and citizen's advice centres."
  • "Try to lead a healthier lifestyle"
    "Eat well every day. Try to exercise regularly - it can help you relax, boost your energy and help you sleep."
  • "Remember, there's no need to be alone"
    "There are many things you can do to help you feel less isolated, and also help you manage your emotions. Different things work for different people, so you may need to try a few to see what you find the most helpful."
  • "It's important to find out what is available."
    "Find out in your area how you can access resources and what is suitable. Call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 0000 or visit your local support centre."


Expert: Daniel Sandler

Daniel Sandler has been a make-up artist and leader in his field for over 20 years, and one of his fortés is creating looks which are wearable for everyone, as well as being able to show and explain just how easy make-up can be.

Over the years, Daniel has worked all over the world on a number of shoots with high-profile photographers for top publications, and designers such as Tom Ford for Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger and Jenny Packham. He has also created specially designed make-up to raise money for cancer charities.

  • "To create the look of lovely lashes, apply a set of natural-looking false eye lashes close to the upper lash line. If you want to complete the look of having lovely lashes, you can also buy a false set for the lower lash line. The most natural-looking lashes to buy should mimic how your own lashes looked and not be too theatrical-looking."
  • "When eyebrows have disappeared, use a brow stencil and fill in using a pencil that compliments your colouring. Avoid over-darkening as this will make brows look unnatural."
  • "If your skin texture on your face and neck feels thin and dehydrated, treat it to a nourishing formula of cream during the day and a separate one at night. You may find that applying skin serums under moisturiser will also boost moisture levels. Also, look for a high SPF in your day cream so that your sensitized skin is protected."
  • "Make sure your formula of foundation contains skincare properties such as Aloe Vera or Hyaluronic Acid (for moisturising) or Almond Oil (also ultra-moisturising)."
  • "Treat your body to nourishing creams or body oils that contain Vitamins A,C and E. You may find something as simple as Vaseline jelly on hand and feet at night time really help to stamp out dryness and improve your skin's condition and texture."

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Last updated: about 3 years ago