Cancer Service success for patients affected by cancer

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Cancer Wellbeing Service in the Robert Horrell Macmillan Centre
Cancer Wellbeing Service in the Robert Horrell Macmillan Centre

A support and wellbeing service offered to patients and relatives living with and beyond cancer, has demonstrated significant impact in improving people’s lives.

The Cancer Wellbeing Service, which is based in the Robert Horrell Macmillan Centre, has seen huge success from the programmes that they offer.

The team of specialists now receive over 500 visits a months for ‘drop in’ sessions, for individual emotional support and for a range of therapies. Over a six month period patients and relatives were asked to provide feedback on the support they had received.

Out of 20 people who have received specialist individual emotional support sessions with anxiety or depression, all of them have identified an improvement in their psychological wellbeing.

All of the 62 people attending self-management courses on a range of issues including insomnia, managing fatigue to managing work-related difficulties saw improvements on the impact on their daily lives.  

In total 37 people received support in managing their hot flushes and 69% reported improved wellbeing due to a reduction in their severity and frequency.

Kristin Burt, Occupational Therapist at Peterborough City Hospital, said: “The Cancer Wellbeing Service offers a range of therapies including support with anxiety or depression, fatigue, confidence, managing work related difficulties, hot flushes and information and advice.

She added: “This feedback has highlighted just how beneficial these support sessions are for those who are coping with or coping after cancer.”


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