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
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.