County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust's cancer
information and support services will be running a 'living beyond
cancer' programme this February for patients who are coming to the
end of their cancer treatment across County Durham and
The six week programme has been developed with funding
from Macmillan Cancer Support and begins on Thursday
2nd February 2011. It is aimed at
addressing people's needs as they approach the end of their
treatment in order to avoid some of the issues that sometimes occur
when people feel unable to move on with their lives such as getting
back to work, managing changes to diet or coping with
As a relatively new course to the area we would welcome
people who may have completed their treatment some time ago but not
had the opportunity to benefit from such support to come along
The programme will take place between 1pm -
3pm in the beautiful setting of Beamish Hall
Hotel, near Stanley.
It will focus on:
All sessions will be delivered by relevant experienced
professionals from across County Durham and Darlington Foundation
Trust and the Hospices, and supported by Macmillan information and
support staff from CDDFT.
A previous participant said on completion of the course:
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and feel much more
self-confident about my future. I feel that I am in a good place
with lots to look forward to." Another said:
"Everybody was very helpful and friendly. I learned a lot about
diet and exercise".
Andrea Elsbury, Health Improvement
Specialist said," We would encourage anyone who has been affected
by cancer to come along for the chance to meet staff and fellow
group members for a supportive, interesting and engaging programme
which I'm sure they will enjoy." She added, "People with cancer can
find they still have some concerns once their treatment is over. We
want to support these people at a very important time in their
lives to move on positively."
The project is in response to the National Cancer
Survivorship Initiative (NCSI) which was outlined in the Cancer
Reform Strategy (2007), identifying the need for support for cancer
survivors who are growing in numbers and with them bringing a new
set of issues and needs.
If you feel you would benefit from attending this course,
future ones or you just want to find out a bit more about it, then
you're encouraged to telephone the cancer information centres on
0191 333 2815 or 0191 587 4500
for further details, or speak to your specialist nurse.
Published: 11 January
'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital