Macmillan Cancer Support

Supporting people living with cancer with Macmillan

With around 3 million people living with cancer across the UK, and 1 in 2 people estimated to be affected in their lifetime, we are proud to have been working with Macmillan Cancer Support for 12 years to provide bespoke cancer information and support. From the moment you are diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we want to ensure someone who can help is just moments away.

Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists (BMIPs)

Together with Macmillan, Boots has developed bespoke training to enable our pharmacists to understand the impact of a cancer diagnosis, treatments and how to support people living with, and affected by cancer. All pharmacists dedicate time to complete this training to provide comfort and support in store, as well as online through free video appointments.

The main reason why I decided to do the Macmillan training was to increase my knowledge, since at some time in your life the chances are that cancer will affect you or someone with whom you are acquainted.

Concerns can relate to a whole variety of different issues. Obvious ones are around the side effects relating to the medication they’re taking, how the medication is working, what impact is it going to have when the treatment’s been finished, and also help with some of the emotional issues that may develop.

It’s a privilege to undertake this role, to know that you’ve helped someone, maybe in just some small way but that can make a big difference to people’s lives.

Graham, Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist

Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors (BMBAs)

BMBAs are No7 Beauty Advisors who have undertaken voluntary training developed by Boots and Macmillan to support patients experiencing the visible effects of cancer treatment to help customer look and feel more like themselves.

My name is Katie and I’m one of the virtual Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors. I recently had an appointment with a lady who is going through chemotherapy. She said it was so refreshing to speak to someone new about skin care and make-up in relation to the effects of cancer, but also for non-related chats! She said she can’t wait for her next appointment because it’s given her something to look forward to again. I feel the virtual appointments have such a positive impact on people going through cancer treatments, not only for our beauty advice, but also for have someone to talk to during this very strange and isolating time.
Katie, Virtual Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor


Since our partnership began in 2009, Boots customers and team members have been a driver force for cancer care by raising over £20 million for Macmillan.



If you have any questions about living with cancer, call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 0000 (Monday - Friday, 8am - 8pm). 

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