Living Well after Cancer Treatment

Four ‘Living Well after Cancer Treatment’ pilot events are being held by a partnership of staff from three major healthcare providers to support people post-cancer treatment across Cumbria.

Lucy Eastlake, Macmillan Assistant Psychologist for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“These events are important because patients tell us that finding a ‘new normal’ and getting their life ‘back on track’ after cancer treatment has ended can be difficult.
“Patients can often find the transition from an intense period of treatment which includes regular contact with healthcare professionals to post-treatment, where there is typically more limited contact with healthcare services, difficult. These events aim to bridge the gap between treatment finishing and getting ‘back to normal’ after cancer.”

The events are being hosted by the Physical Health & Rehabilitation Psychology service of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust alongside Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists from North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The events are also supported by Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Elaine Jones, clinical nurse specialist in upper GI for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“For many patients the end of cancer treatment is the beginning of new challenges and re-adjustments. It can feel overwhelming. As a clinical nurse specialist, I am delighted to have an opportunity to take part in these events which aim to tailor help and advice at this time.
“We really do welcome input from our patients to help us make these events easy to access and welcoming. The aim is to empower people with the skills they need to adapt and move forward.”

Each event will start with time for patients, alongside their family and friends, to think about what individual challenges they may be facing, both physically and emotionally, after cancer treatment. The rest of the morning will include presentations by the team around the topics patients are most concerned about. The afternoon will include helping patients and their families and friends think about how they can work towards their goals.

Guests will also have the chance to talk to fellow patients and other family members and friends who are supporting a loved one post-cancer treatment. There will also be information available from voluntary organisations including Macmillan Cancer Support, Age UK, University of the Third Age and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau who can all offer advice to people on how to live well after cancer.

The events will benefit patients who are 2-4 months post-cancer treatment, as well as their family and friends.

The events will take place:
15th December 2014, 10am – 3pm at Castle Street Community Centre, Kendal
20th January 2015, 10am – 3pm at Morton Community Centre, Carlisle
February/March 2015 – Barrow, details to be confirmed
February/March 2015 – West Cumbria, details to be confirmed