Wellbeing information and support

Living with and beyond cancer can have a big influence on everyday life. These pages are about linking you to practical support to help you manage a ‘new normal’. You will find local and national information to help with general well-being, information for older people and support for individual cancer side effects but no statistics.

Cancer support workers at UHS

Our cancer support workers are a valued part of the cancer team at UHS and here to support you. They work closely with the clinical nurse specialists to provide personalised information and support for the health and well-being of people affected by cancer from diagnosis and beyond.

As part of their role cancer support workers carry out holistic needs assessments (HNA). This helps to find out what is important to you and plan how to support you, your family and those close to you. This could be connecting you to financial advice or community services, befriending, taking part in health and wellbeing events and drop-ins.

Cancer support workers also signpost to local and national services, helping you to find reliable and trustworthy information at what can be a difficult, confusing time. You can meet your cancer support worker in outpatients, during treatment, in the Macmillan Centre (B level, SGH) or at a mutually convenient place.

For more information please contact Marion Rood, lead cancer support worker at Marion.Rood@uhs.nhs.uk

Charity support

Cancer care map

The cancer care map is a national charity website which finds services local to you. Put in your postcode and see what type of medical, health and well-being, emotional and practical support is available in your neighbourhood.

PLANETS

PLANETS helps patients with pancreatic, liver, colorectal, oesophageal, stomach and neuroendocrine cancer by funding patient support groups, innovative treatments and research.

SHINE

Shine is the only UK charity that exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. Find out more.

Victoria’s Promise

This is a community led support group that provides support for young women. They are provided support in a social setting and receive up to date information on health and wellbeing. Therapeutic services and further advice are also available. Visit their website.