12/08/2021 | Press releases

Extra support for patients with cancer

People affected by cancer will soon be able to access more specialist counselling, workshops and psychological therapy at Ipswich Hospital thanks to the generosity of local charities.

The range of enhanced support services will be available to both patients and their families, and will include counselling, therapy for couples and relatives and workshops covering topics such as mindfulness and relaxation.

They will be introduced by the John Le Vay Cancer Support and Information Centre and have been made possible thanks to £85,000 in funding from Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity.

The new services will be available to people with any cancer diagnosis. They come following the successful introduction of a dedicated breast cancer counsellor earlier this year, whose role has been funded by local charity Art for Cure, which raises money for breast care support services and donates to national research projects through the sale of art and sculpture.

Morven Angus, Macmillan lead cancer nurse at ESNEFT, said: “We are incredibly grateful for this fantastic funding, which will make a real difference to our patients and their families by allowing us to significantly increase the range of support which is available.

“The needs of our patients and their families will change depending on which stage they are at on their cancer journey. We want to make sure that there is something for everyone, regardless of whether they prefer one-to-one counselling, family therapy or the peer support offered at a workshop.

“These new services will complement the support provided by our specialist breast cancer counsellor at Ipswich, who already helped lots of patients to manage the impact of their diagnosis.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to both Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity and Art for Cure for their invaluable support, which will make a really big difference to our patients and their families.”

The new services will bring the support which is available at Ipswich in line with that offered at Colchester Hospital.

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