22/01/2020 | Press releases

Helping people live with and beyond cancer

A free event designed to help patients and their families to look after their health and recovery as they manage the effects of cancer will take place in Colchester later this spring.

“Living with and beyond cancer” has been organised by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) and Macmillan Cancer Support. Taking place at Colchester United’s football stadium on 9 March, it is open to patients who have completed or are nearing the end of treatment, and those on long term surveillance or maintenance therapy, as well as their families and carers.

Speakers will include Sarah Orr, Macmillan lead cancer nurse with ESNEFT, who will talk about managing the long-term effects of cancer, and dietitian Hayley Cole, who will discuss healthy eating and nutrition. People attending will also learn more about sleeping well, and be given the chance to take part in workshops looking at emotional wellbeing and the importance of physical activity.

A raft of information stalls giving help and advice on everything from complementary therapies, stress management and mental health support to wigs, scarves and prostheses will also be available.

Morven Angus, Macmillan survivorship lead with ESNEFT, said: “We have organised this special event to help people look after their physical and mental health as they cope with the effects of cancer. Cancer can affect every part of life, which is why our support is geared towards the whole person, rather than simply the cancer patient. We hope that as many patients as possible, together with their loved ones, will come along and benefit from the information and advice which will be available.

“Our last event went really well and we received some fantastic feedback from those who attended, who told us they valued the support they received and being able to talk to others in a similar position. We hope that we can replicate that success this time around to help more people affected by cancer live life as fully as they can.”

The event runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm and lunch and refreshments will be provided. To reserve a space, please contact Morven on 07831 502183 or email Macmillan.SurvivorshipProject@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk

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