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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

February: Male Cancer Awareness month

Early detection, diagnosis and treatment can make a difference, helping to increase survival rates and ultimately save men’s lives.  Everyone has a role to play in helping to raise awareness of male cancers.

For information and support about male cancer, the latest research news and to support Male Cancer Awareness Month please contact: 02034655766 or

National Male Cancer Helpline 08088020010

If you wish to speak to someone in the Northern trust please ring the Macmillan Information and Support Manager on 028 9442 4000 ext 333079 or mobile 07795845435 or email

Help us to improve our service

Northern Trust Cancer Services are always looking at ways to improve the service we provide to patients, their friends and relatives.  We welcome your feedback as it will help us to improve our understanding of patient’s needs, refine existing services, develop future services and further improve outcomes for people affected by cancer.  By getting involved you can help other patients now and in the future, and ensure the voice of the patient and carer is heard.

How can you be involved?

  • Join the Laurel House (Chemo Unit) User Group.  This group helps us to look at the service we provide in the chemotherapy unit and see what we can do to improve and develop it.
  • Join the Cancer Services Reader’s Panel.  This panel reviews any new patient information which we produce within cancer services.  It does not entail attending meetings as we can send the information to you either by post or email for your comments.
  • Join a Cancer Services User Group.  These groups welcome anyone who has personal experience of living with and/or caring for people with cancer.  There are groups specific to different cancer types each with the aim of bringing the experiences of peopel affected by cancer to the attention of those who fund, commission, plan, deliver and manage cancer and palliative care services in the Northern Trust.

If you would like more information please contact Norma Adams, Macmillan Information and Support Manager, on 028 9442 4000 ext 333079 or 07795845435, or email

Living with and beyond cancer

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust is hosting events  for patients who have had cancer and who would like more information on how to move on after their diagnosis.

These events are planned for breast, colorectal and prostate patients, and for those with lymphoma, CLL and myeloma. The events are held throughout the year in different areas within the Northern Trust.

The events will provide information about

  • Living with cancer
  • What I can eat now
  • Why exercise is important
  • Managing fatigue
  • Coping with your diagnosis

There will also be many local charities present that provide support to both you and your family.

We would encourage you to bring a friend or family member with you as much of the information may be of interest to them.

If you would like to attend one of these events please contact Norma Adams, MAcmillan Information and Support Manager, on landline 02894424000 ext 333079,  mobile 07795845435 or email

Macmillan Information Area – Causeway Hospital

The Northern Trust in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support have an information area at the main entrance of Causeway Hospital.

The information area provides a warm, friendly and safe environment for patients, carers and anyone affected by cancer to  access  good quality, comprehensive and appropriate information and support – helping them to make sense of what is happening to them or their loved ones, no matter how trivial it may seem.

This is an exciting development for the Northern Trust and it will hopefully become a valuable resource for patients, visitors and staff.

The information area is open every day for you to browse through the leaflets / booklets, and to take home anything that you would find useful.  All our information is free.

If you would like to speak to someone in person, the Information and Support Manager or a trained Macmillan volunteer are there on various days throughout the week (usually Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursday – subject to change). A poster outside the Information area details when someone will be in attendance. This is a drop in service, no appointments are necessary.

In addition, the information service can be contacted Monday to Friday 9.00 to 4.30pm on Landline 028 9442 4000 ext 333079, Mobile 077 9584 5435 or Email

Pampering Workshops

The Northern Trust in partnership with the charity Look Good Feel Better are running workshops offering free skincare and make-up sessions for people coping with the side-effects of cancer treatments.

The 2 hour beauty workshops are run by a team of trained volunteer beauty therapists and make-up artists. As the therapeutic and psychological benefits of women wearing make-up have been well documented- the aim of Look Good Feel Better is to build confidence of women coping with the visible side effects of cancer treatments.

The feedback to date has been very positive with the majority of people attending stating that there was a marked improvement in their confidence or mood as a result of the workshop.

The beauty workshops are held monthly in Clotworthy House, Antrim.

For more information or to book a place on one of these workshops, please contact Julie Kennedy, Macmillan Health and Wellbeing Support Worker by Tel: 028 9442 4046 or email:

Physical Activity Cancer Rehabilitation Programme

The Northern Trust Physical Activity Cancer Rehabilitation programme is for people living with and beyond cancer. It is a 12 week physical activity programme that provides the opportunity to engage in a group-based physical activity.  The programme is tailored to the needs of each person in the group and is provided in a friendly, comfortable and safe environment.

The programme consists of 45 minutes physical activity followed by an opportunity to come together for light refreshments at the end of each session.

To find a venue near you, for further information or to book a place on the programme, please contact:

Kevin Campbell
Oncology Physiotherapist
Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Tel 028 9442 4000 ext 332021

or Norma Adams, Macmillan Information and Support Manager 028 9442 4000 ext 333079