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A new kind of support for Head and Neck cancer patients

We held our first Health and Wellbeing Clinic recently offering a new kind of informal support for patients and carers affected by Head and Neck cancer.

People living with cancer have sometimes said that they feel abandoned once their treatment is over. The Health and Wellbeing clinics are group events that provide patients and carers with information, support and the opportunity to speak with their peers and their medical team in an informal environment. The aim is to help patients move on after treatment and assist with the emotional impact of this transition from patient to survivor.

Led by Philip Bryce, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Head and Neck Cancer and supported by colleagues from The Christie, this is the first of four Health and Wellbeing events which will take place over the next 12 months.

The event was attended by over 50 patients and carers, and following a series of short presentations from the Head and Neck Team, patients had the opportunity to browse the market place. Within the market place, patients and carers could find information and advice on nutrition, exercise, mouth care, lymphedema, support for getting back into work and financial support.  All of which are issues which cancer patients report as being a concern following treatment.


HWB event Head and Neck cancer patients

 

Initial feedback from the event has been very positive from both professionals and patients. One patient shared:

"For my wife, having the chance to talk to other carers was fantastic; we found the session really useful would recommend it to other patients"

Thank you to Macmillan and Manchester Cancer for their support with this initiative.