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Evaluation of Macmillan Information and Support Services in Northern Ireland

 

Macmillan Cancer Support has commissioned Rocket Science to carry out an independent evaluation of Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Services in Northern Ireland. As part of this evaluation, Rocket Science have created a 10 minute survey to better understand the views and experiences of people affected by cancer.

The findings of the evaluation will be used to further develop and improve the services available to people affected by cancer and your view is really important to help shape what these services look like. It would be fantastic if you could please fill in the survey by clicking on the link below. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your views, we really appreciate it.

https://www.research.net/r/PABC

The due date for this survey is 26th May. All responses will be kept anonymous and your data protected.

 

Living with and beyond Gynae Cancer Health and Wellbeing Event

The Northern Trust is hosting a Health & Wellbeing event entitled “Living with and Beyond Gynae Cancer” on Friday 31st May 2019, 9.45am – 1.10pm, 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 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 subjects:

  • What should I look out for?
  • Managing the late effects of treatment
  • Understanding HRT / Family Genetics
  • Looking after yourself – managing stress and anxiety
  • Coping with fatigue
  • Eating well
  • Exercise after gynae cancer

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
  • Target Ovarian Cancer
  • Jo’s Trust
  • Charis
  • Rosie’s Trust
  • Boots pharmacy / beauty advice

For more information or to register for a place contact the NHSCT Macmillan Information and Support Service on 028 9442 4000 ext 333079 / 334046 or email CancerInformation@northerntrust.hscni.net

 

Invitation to participate in research by Ulster University

Are you a parent with a poor cancer prognosis or have lost your partner to cancer and have children under the age of 18?

We would like to invite you to take part in a one-to-one interview to hear about your family needs during this time.

It will take approximately one hour.

When and where? At a time and place convenient for you.

Why? By talking to you about your experiences we hope to improve the support we give others in the future.

If you would like more information or wish to participate in this research please contact Jeff Hanna from the family centered care team on 077 0740 7085 or hanna-j25@ulster.ac.uk 

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: 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

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 www.nictn.hscni.net 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 nictn@belfasttrust.hscni.net. 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: http://www.friendsofthecancercentre.com/news/2016/new-information-video-launched-to-help-radiotherapy-patients/