Special events offer useful information for cancer patients

Cancer nurse specialists Helen Bright, Maria Ronson, Sarah Royle and Jemma Gallagher at a previous Living With and Beyond Cancer health and wellbeing event at the Urban Village Hotel in Blackpool

Cancer patients and people who are recovering from the disease are being invited to attend special health and wellbeing events in Blackpool.

Organised by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, the events at the Urban Village Hotel (De Vere) are part of the Trust’s ‘Living With and Beyond Cancer’ (LWBC) programme.

There will be four events this year including February 21 (now fully booked), May 23, September 5 and November 14.

The health and wellbeing events are designed to encourage patients to take control of their recovery and will let people know what support, information, advice and facilities are available in the local area.

There will be advice on fitness, dietary issues, support for carers, benefits and stopping smoking from cancer nurse specialists, charities, organisations and support groups.

Participants will also have the opportunity to talk to other people who have had similar experiences and friends and family are welcome.

Researchers have found that more and more people are surviving cancer but not everyone has a good quality of life as they are recovering. With this in mind, the event organisers have decided to provide as much information as possible so that people can find physical, mental, emotional and practical support.

Jessica Jones, Macmillan Clinical Transformation Lead for the Trust, said: “We are very grateful to Macmillan Cancer Support for sponsoring the events.

“The events will enable people living with cancer and their families to take control of and participate in their own recovery.

“People affected by cancer will also be able to learn about positive lifestyle changes.”

A participant at a previous LWBC event said: “It was good to see so many staff who were there to help and support those of us with cancer.”

Another participant said: “It was good to have practical leaflets to take away and read at leisure.”

Places are limited at the events and booking is essential. For information or to book a place, please contact the Living With and Beyond Cancer team on 01253 957147 or email: LWBC@bfwhospitals.nhs.uk

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