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New! Relaxation and Guided Meditation Sessions

We are now offering a guided relaxation service by telephone.

What is relaxation / guided meditation?

These are techniques used to aid relaxation, relieve stress and tension, aid sleep and reduce feelings of anxiety. Due to the current covid-19 precautions this service will take place over the telephone. Sessions normally last between 20-30 minutes, however, this can be tailored to suit you.

Why would I benefit from this?

You may particularly benefit if you:

  • are newly diagnosed and/or awaiting treatment
  • need support to help you complete treatment
  • need support once your treatment has been completed

What preparation do I need to make?

Try to find a quiet space where you are unlikely to be disturbed. You may also wish to have soothing music in the background however this is not necessary.

How do I get referred to this service?

There is a written referral form that a member of staff in Laurel House will go through with you. The complementary therapist will then contact you via telephone to arrange a suitable date and time.

If you are not due to attend Laurel House but would like to avail of this service please ring Laurel House where a nurse who will make arrangements for you over the telephone.

Please contact 028 9442 4201 to speak to a nurse in Laurel House.

 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Advice

Below is some information about coronavirus (COVID-19) for people who have, or have had, cancer and their loved ones, and for people who are worried they may have cancer. This information aims to answer some of the questions you may have.

As always, it’s important to follow the advice of your doctor, nurse or other people in your medical team. You can also contact your Clinical Nurse Specialist for information and support.

Latest advice for people in Northern Ireland with cancer:
If you are worried you have cancer:

We understand many people are anxious about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on their ability to access treatment and care.

If you have any signs or symptoms of cancer, you may be worried about whether you will be able to see a GP or a specialist and get any tests you need. You may also be worried about whether it is safe to do so. Please do still contact your GP straight away.

 

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/

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