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NiCaN – Please join us to have your say…

 Please join us to have your say…

Are you an adult who has had experience of chemotherapy or radiotherapy as treatment for cancer either as a patient or carer?

The Northern Ireland Cancer Network is a partnership of health service organisations, charities, cancer specialists and service users. We work together to deliver safe and effective care, improve cancer clinical outcomes and enhance patients and carers experience and quality of life.

We want to listen to and understand the experiences, views and needs of people affected by cancer, so that we can provide services that best meet those needs.

 We would love you to join us for an event where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Tell us about your experience of chemotherapy and radiotherapy cancer treatment
  • Meet and talk to other people affected by cancer

Where and when?

Date: Monday 21st May 2018

Venue: Ross Park Hotel, Antrim.

Time: 1pm to 4.30pm

Tea, coffee and sandwiches served on arrival.

To guarantee a place please contact Caitriona Livingstone at Northern Ireland Cancer Network by 17th May 2018

Email: nican.office@hscni.net

Tel: 028 95 363 305

Living with and beyond Gynae Cancer health and wellbeing event

The Northern Trust is holding a Health and Wellbeing event – Living with and beyond Gynae cancer – on Friday 25th May 2018 , 9.45am – 1.15pm, in the Rosspark Hotel, 20 Doagh Road, Kells, Ballymena BT42  3LZ.  This event is designed for patients who have completed or are still receiving treatment for a gynae cancer, and who would like more information on how to move on after a diagnosis.  The event provides a range of health and wellbeing advice for patients in the Northern Trust area and features expert speakers covering the following topics:

  • The future – what do I need to look out for?
  • Managing the effects of treatment
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Why exercise is important
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Coping with fatigue

The event will also include a real story from someone who has had gynae cancer.

There will be a tea/coffee break when you will have the opportunity to chat to the health professionals and others with cancer and their families.

There will also be time to visit information stands with local information about the following:

  • Fitness/physical activity
  • Benefits/financial advice
  • Cancer Focus NI
  • Action Cancer
  • Boots Pharmacy/Beauty advice
  • Macmillan Information and Support service

For more information contact Norma Adams on 028 9442 4000 ext 333079, or Julie Kennedy on 028 9442 4046, or email CancerInformation@northerntrust.hscni.net

 

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month

Bowel cancer (also known as colon, rectal,anal or colorectal cancer) is the 2nd most common cancer found in men and women in Northern Ireland with 1100 cases being diagnosed each year.  The symptoms include bleeding from and/or blood in your poo, a change in bowel habit lasting for 3 weeks, unexplained weight loss, extreme tiredness and a pain or lump in your tummy.  If you have any of these symptoms you should see your doctor.  However, some people may not have these symptoms.  The Bowel Screening Programme was introduced to the NHSCT in April 2010 with the aim of detecting cancers at an early stage when there are better chances of treatment being effective.

Screening is for men and women aged 60 – 74years. All those within this group, who are registered with a GP, will have the opportunity to be screened every 2 years.   As screening and early diagnosis can save lives, it is recommended that those who receive a screening kit complete the test and return it.

If you have been diagnosed with bowel cancer and live in the Northern Trust you can get advice and support from the specialist team of colorectal nurses, stoma care nurses and a dietitian who have extensive training and experience in caring for people with bowel cancer. They can provide emotional support to you and your family and provide information about your illness and any operations or treatment you may need.  They offer nutritional advice and support and can advise on the management of symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation and diarrhoea.

The Colorectal Cancer Specialist Nursing and Dietetic team will be out and about in April.  If you have any questions or concerns about bowel cancer, or would like more information, come along and have a chat with them:

Wednesday 11th April 2018 – Loughview Restaurant, Antrim Hospital – 12.00 – 13.30

Wednesday 18th April 2018 – Meadowlane Shopping Centre, Magherafelt – 13.30 – 16.00

Tuesday 24th April 2018 – main entrance, Causeway Hospital – 13.30 – 16.00

Monday 30th April 2018 – coffee morning in the Board Room, McCaughey House, Whiteabbey Hospital – 8.45 – 12.00

The Macmillan Information and Support service works alongside this team and offers anyone affected by cancer a free, informal and confidential listening service, access to benefits advice by a specialist advisor, and links to local support services. At the entrance to Causeway Hospital there is a Macmillan Information Pod where there are free booklets and leaflets on all aspects of cancer.  Some are available in different languages and some formats may be useful for people with special needs.

For further information on the Bowel Screening Programme contact the Specialist Screening Practitioners (SSP) on  028 9055 2529.

To contact the Colorectal Specialist Nursing and Dietetic Team ring 028 9442 4620.

The Macmillan Information and Support Service can be contacted on 028 9442 4000 ext 333079/334046, mobile 077 9584 5435, or by email CancerInformation @northerntrust.hscni.net

Living with and beyond Breast Cancer

The Northern Trust is hosting a Health & Wellbeing event entitled “Living with and Beyond Breast Cancer” on Wednesday 18th April 2018, 9.45am- 1.15pm, in the Rosspark Hotel, 20 Doagh Road, Kells, Ballymena BT42 3LZ.  This event is designed for patients who have completed or are still receiving treatment for breast cancer, and who would like more information on how to move on after a diagnosis.  The event provides a range of health and wellbeing advice for patients in the Northern Trust area and features expert speakers covering the following subjects:

The future – what do I need to look out for?

Diet and nutrition

Why exercise is important

Looking after yourself – managing stress and anxiety

Coping with fatigue

The event will also include a real story from someone who has been on a similar journey to yours.

There will be a tea / coffee break when you will have the opportunity to chat to the health professionals and others with cancer and their families.

There will also be time to visit information stands with local information about the following:

Fitness / physical activity

Benefits / financial advice

Macmillan Information & Support service

Cancer Focus NI

Action Cancer

Boots pharmacy / beauty advice

For more information or to register for a place contact your Breast Care Nurse Specialist or the NHSCT Macmillan Information and Support Service on 028 9442 4000 ext 333079 / 334046

 

Living with and Beyond Lung Cancer

This “Living with and Beyond Lung Cancer” health and wellbeing event will provide patients and their carers with information about living with and beyond lung cancer. There will be a series of short talks from health professionals providing education and information about signs and symptoms to watch out for, dietary advice, exercise, managing fatigue, coping psychologically and highlighting available services.

 Date and time: Thursday 8th March 2018, 9.45am – 13.00pm

Address of event: Rosspark Hotel, 20 Doagh Road, Kells, Ballymena, BT42 3LZ

For more information please contact Norma Adams, Tel: 028 9442 4000 ext 333079, mobile: 077 9584 5435 or email CancerInformation@northerntrust.hscni.net

 

Living with and Beyond Lymphoma/CLL/Myeloma

 

This “Living with and Beyond Lymphoma/CLL/Myeloma” health and wellbeing event will provide patients and their carers with information about living with and beyond lymphoma/CLL/myeloma. There will be a series of short talks from health professionals providing education and information about signs and symptoms to watch out for, dietary advice, exercise, managing fatigue, coping psychologically and highlighting available services.

 Date and time: Monday 26th February 2018, 9.45am – 13.00pm

Address of event: Rosspark Hotel, 20 Doagh Road, Kells, Ballymena, BT42 3LZ

For more information please contact Norma Adams, Tel: 028 9442 4000 ext 333079, mobile: 077 9584 5435 or email CancerInformation@northerntrust.hscni.net

 

 

 

 

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: Monday 19th February, Monday 26th February and Monday 5th March 2018

Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

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

Contact Details

For queries or more information please contact Julie Kennedy, Macmillan Health and Wellbeing Support Worker, Telephone: 028 9442 4046 or  Email: CancerInformation@northerntrust.hscni.net

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: CancerInformation@northerntrust.hscni.net

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the developed world and also the most frequent cause of cancer mortality worldwide. On average 1200 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed each year in Northern Ireland. Lung cancer in NI is by far the most common cause of cancer death in males and since the late 1990s has become the most common cause of cancer death in females, ahead of breast cancer. The incidence of lung cancer in people who have never smoked is on the rise.

November is lung cancer awareness month. The Northern Trust will be holding an awareness morning in Causeway Hospital on the 22nd November 2017 and in Antrim Hospital on the 23rd November 2017.  There will be lung cancer nurse specialists available to provide information, support and advice.  The aim of these events is to highlight the early signs and symptoms of lung cancer and  encourage people to visit their GP at an early stage.

Lung cancer can affect anyone. Knowing the signs and symptoms of lung cancer can lead to early diagnosis.

Signs and symptoms include –

  • A persistent cough that does not resolve after 2-3 weeks
  • A long standing cough that becomes worse
  • Coughing up blood
  • Persistent breathlessness
  • Persistent lack of energy or tiredness
  • Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss

“The simple truth is, more people are surviving because treatments are better and more people are getting checked earlier. The earlier Lung Cancer is found, the easier it is to treat and the more likely you are to survive.”

Professor Mick Peak,  Professor in Respiratory Medicine, University of Leicester