Healthcare Writing

Colleen Shannon, Freelance Medical Writer

Cancer information

Cancer information

Macmillan Cancer Support commissioned me to update their booklet Men & Cancer, which went on to be highly commended in the BMA Patient Information Awards. I also helped a large team update Macmillan’s guide on managing cancer information materials.

Occupational heath

Macmillan Cancer Support's campaign on work and cancer is going strong and I’ve contributed to many of these projects. Click the link here to see Self-Employment and Cancer, a booklet that was commended in the BMA Patient Information Awards. I’ve also edited a guide for employers. Other contributions to this campaign included writing an e-learning programme, Can we talk about work? and an online tool kit for professionals who are helping people with cancer get back to the working lives they want.

Young people and cancer

This guide from Clic Sargent gives the basics about cancer, treatment and its side effects, for young people aged 16 to 24. It was extensively updated with the invaluable help of cancer experts, and teenagers and young adults who have experienced cancer themselves. I also researched and co-authored Clic Sargent's website information on relationships and sex (highly commended in the BMA Patient Information Awards 2016), and cancer and fertility. All of this work conforms with the NHS England Information Standard for user involvement, referencing and peer review.