University Hospitals Plymouth run “Health & Wellbeing” events for patients affected by cancer.
Patients with a cancer diagnosis are encouraged to attend an education and information group session run by a range of health care professionals.
The events provide an opportunity for patients and/or carers to receive information and learn more about important aspects of caring for themselves, including information about:
- Specific cancers
- late effects and long term side effects of treatment
- health and wellbeing
- recovery and rehabilitation, including how to get back to work
- education in self-management
- signs and symptoms of recurrence
- reducing risk factors
- managing side effects of disease and treatment
- diet, lifestyle and exercise
- emotional wellbeing
- anxiety and stress management
- financial advice - benefits and other financial support
- local services
Health and Wellbeing Events are designed to help people affected by cancer and their family and friends get the support they need during and after cancer treatment.
Contact your CNS team to find out what is offered local for you.
How Health and Wellbeing Events benefit people affected by cancer
Evidence has shown that patients who attended a Health and Wellbeing Event have:
- Better knowledge of the signs and symptoms of cancer recurrence and consequences of treatment.
- More confidence to question or challenge information and make informed decisions about their health.
- More confidence to deal with the physical discomfort and emotional distress associated with cancer and its treatment.
- A strong sense of reassurance - even if the services are not needed at that time, they know what’s available and how to access them in the future.
Health and Wellbeing Information
Health and Wellbeing information is available from your Cancer Nurse Specialist, Support Worker and on https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/mt-advice-information