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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

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

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