All posts by Norma Adams

Fatigue Management Workshop

Fatigue is a very common problem for people with cancer. It can leave you feeling very tired and exhausted all or most of the time. There are things you can do to help manage your fatigue, for example, by changing the way you plan and fill your day.

This workshop programme aims to help you understand what causes fatigue, how it affects you and to recognize your own triggers. At the workshop you will also be able to find out about other support available and learn from each other.

Who is the programme for?

Any adult experiencing mild to moderate cancer-related fatigue can apply. This is a group programme for approximately 15 people. A family member or a friend can accompany you.

Who runs the group?

The workshops are led by a team of Northern Trust Health & Social Care professionals including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, social workers and the Macmillan Information and Support Manager. Each workshop will have different professionals leading the session.

We aim to make the workshops informal, practical and enjoyable. A variety of activities such as presentations, discussions, video clips, relaxation techniques and exercise sessions are used.

Tea/coffee will be served at each workshop.

When is the next workshop?

Dates: TBC

Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Venue: Broughshane House, 70 Main Street, Broughshane, BT42 4JW

Please note: you must register to attend the Fatigue Management Workshops

Contact Details

For queries or more information please contact Julie Kennedy, Macmillan Health and Wellbeing Support Worker, Telephone: 028 9442 4046 or  Email:

CLIMB – Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery

What is CLIMB®?

CLIMB® is a programme for children aged 5—11 years old whose parent or a significant other (e.g. grandparent, aunt or sibling) in their life has a cancer diagnosis.

CLIMB® is run over 6 weeks and held in the evenings. It’s an enjoyable, sharing, interactive experience and a time for the children to come together to deal with their feelings. Throughout the programme the children will develop an understanding of cancer and from this the myths and fears that children can hold about cancer will be dispelled. The groups are creative, using drama, arts and play. They are based on having fun together and meeting new friends.

Parents / carers attending with their children will have the opportunity to chat and relax in an adjoining room.

To register please contact: Julie Kennedy, Macmillan Health and Wellbeing Support Worker, Tel: 028 9442 4046 or email:

The NI Cancer Trials Network launch their new website

The NI Cancer Trials Network (NICTN) is delighted to announce the launch of their new website The website provides information about the work and services of the NICTN and profiles the current cancer clinical research portfolio. For further information pelase contact the NICTN via the website, or at the Co-ordinating Centre at The website will be further developed over time to provide more resources for reseachers. All comments or feedback about the website are very welcome.





New Information video launched to help Radiotherapy Patients

A new patient information video outlining what a person can expect from radiotherapy has been launched by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust’s radiotherapy department at the Cancer Centre, with the support of Friends of the Cancer Centre.  It is particularly useful for patients before they start their radiotherapy treatment to help break down some of the fear, uncertainty and misunderstanding that often surround this form of treatment.

As well as explaining what exactly radiotherapy is, the video follows a patient from their arrival at the Cancer Centre, throught the treatment planning process and shows what can be expected from the treatment itself.  Useful information on parking passes, support services and other facilities in the hospital are also covered the ensure that the patient has all the information available before their first appoinment.

The video can be viewed at:

Your story – Your Words

Everyone has a story to tell and we’d like to invite you to record yours in a friendly and informal session with an oral historian.  It’s an opportunity to talk about anything you like and we’ll give you copies to share with family, friends, and loved ones, all free of charge.

The service is available to people with cancer, and those with other life limiting illnesses.

If you would like to arrange a recording, or find out more information about our Oral History Service, please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Macmillan Unit, Antrim Area Hospital 028 9442 4000 ext 336531

Bra Fitting service, Ballymoney

Cancer Focus NI provide a personal and confidential Bra Fitting service for women who have had breast surgery.  Staff are fully trained and can help you choose the right bra that fits and feels comfortable.  Consultations take place at the Robinson Hospital, 23 Newal road, Ballymoney.

For a fitting appointment contact Christine O’Hagan 07933202131

Prostate Cancer self management programme

The Prostate Cancer self management programme provides patients and their carers with information about improving their health and well being following a cancer diagnosis.  There is a series of talks by healthcare professionals providing education and information about signs and symptoms to watch out for, dietary advice, exercise, managing fatigue, coping psychologically and highlighting available services.  There is also time for a chat and a cup ot tea.

For more information or to register your interest contact Kirsty McKay 028 9442 4646, mobile 078 2572 5816, email

Minding the Moment

Minding the moment is a mindfulness group for people living with physical health conditions including cancer.

Many of us spend much of our time focused either on the past or on the future, paying little attention to what is happening in the present.  This means that for much of the time we may be unaware of our experience.  Mindfulness is the practise of staying in the moment, spending more time present to ourselves, and our surroundings.  The emphasis is on accepting those things we cannot change, rather than struggle against them.

Living with a physical health condition can be stressful and mindfulness has been found to help reduce worrying, stress, anxiety and low mood.

For more information or to register your interest in attending mindfulness sessions contact the Clinical Health Psychology team on 028 9441 3127

Self management programmes

Are you living with cancer or after treatment?  Do you want to make the most of the good things in life, rediscover your strengths and manage the day to day impact of your condition?  Self management programmes are run in several locations throughout the Northern trust by Macmillan Cancer Support (HOPE, Help Overcoming Problems Effectively), Cancer Focus NI (Zest for Life), and Action Cancer (Positive Living).  Programmes are delivered over 1 day, 2 days or a half day per week for 6 weeks. Topics covered include stress, fatigue, physical activity, body changes, healthier eating, fear of recurrence, communicating with family and healthcare professionals and setting positive goals for improving health and well being.  Group size is usually 6-10 people.

For more details or to find a group near you contact Norma Adams, Macmillan Information and Support Manager 028 9442 4000 ext 333079 or mobile no. 07795845435, email