16/08/2019 | Press releases

Skin Cancer Support group provides patients with a chance to share experiences

Our hospital support group which helps patients in Ipswich and east Suffolk with skin cancer is going from strength to strength.

The Skin Cancer Support Group was launched at Ipswich Hospital in 2011, providing patients who have had a skin cancer the opportunity to meet others with similar symptoms.

The group meet on the first Tuesday of alternative months, in the John LeVay Cancer Information Centre, at Ipswich Hospital’s Woolverstone Wing. The next meeting is scheduled for 3 September, between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.

Rachel Alexander (left), Macmillan Skin Cancer Department Lead Nurse, chairman Sue Roberts, registered support nurse, Paula Ryan.

Macmillan Skin Cancer Nurse, Rachel Alexander, said: “We had two members at the initial stage of developing the group and we have been growing ever since. By coming along to the group, people can share their experiences, be given that additional support and learn from each other.”

Sheila is a member of the group and said: “When I was told that I had cancer, I thought that was it. To be able to go through it with other people and seeing them still here at the group fit and well is really helpful.”

Fellow member Linda said: “I like being able to meet and talk to people with similar conditions.
“I was able to share my worries about going outside, even just to put my washing on the line. I am terrified of the sun. But coming to the group is helping me with my phobia.”

The group holds regular education-themed evenings and members are welcome to bring along their partners or family members to the sessions.

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