People who are living with cancer, and those who have had cancer, often have specific support needs. If these needs are not addressed, it can damage their long-term prognosis and their ability to lead an active and healthy life. These needs can include information about treatment and care options, psychological support, advice about financial assistance and support in managing their condition themselves. Carers also play a vital role in supporting people with cancer and it is important that their needs for information, advice and support are addressed.
Addressing all these needs is central to the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI), which is coordinating efforts to improve the quality of services available to people affected by cancer.
Although there have been significant improvements for support for people living with and beyond cancer, more needs to be done so that cancer survivors have the care and support they need to live as healthy a life as possible, for as long as possible.
Health and wellbeing clinics / information
Health and Wellbeing Clinics are information sessions for patients and families to highlight the support that is available. Their aim is that everyone who has had a cancer diagnosis and is living with cancer, will have access to a Health and Wellbeing Clinic. The clinics support patients when they have received a cancer diagnosis. It enables people living with cancer, and their families, to manage the effects of their illness by giving them necessary information and promoting positive lifestyle changes.
Who are they for?
Your clinical nurse specialist / living with and beyond cancer team will give you an appointment when it is relevant for you to attend. You can bring a relative, a friend or carer along with you.
What will I gain?
Each session is delivered by a clinician with expertise in that field. Topics being covered include:
Health needs assessment – you will have the opportunity to complete one of these during the session
White House Cancer Support
Macmillan Citizens Advice benefits advice
Action Health and what exercise can help you
Treatments and the effects of treatments
Symptoms of concern
- Nutritional support
- Signposting to other services in the community
Where are they held?
They are held at Russells Hall Hospital in the Clinical Education Centre in South Block. The sessions last about two hours. There is also an opportunity to ask questions as a group or on an individual basis. Staff can attend as well for awareness and information of services available if they are looking after cancer patients.
All information and the PowerPoints that are presented at these events are available to view here.
Online Support and resources for health and wellbeing
Below you will see some video and website links on a variety of topics and support that is available. These are here to help support you to stay well with cancer.
A short introduction to Mindfulness. Mindfulness can help us to relax and stay focused if we are feeling overwhelmed. It is a very useful technique to practice:
What is a Holistic Needs Assessment? – YouTube video
The Whitehouse cancer support – Survivorship Caroline Webb 24 April 2018
Clinical psychology and emotional wellbeing – Survivorship Video Chantelle
Macmillan citizens advice regarding finance and support – Survivorship MACCAB Video April 2018
Please also refer to Macmillan Cancer Support | The UK’s leading cancer care charity. There is a wealth of information available online to refer to.
If you require any further support please contact LWBC on extension 5315.