Consequences of Cancer and its Treatment Community of Influence (CCaT) - Resources and Research
CCaT have produced three major Macmillan publications which are designed to help empower patients and professionals to improve the lives of those living with and beyond cancer. After treatment, it helps to know what to expect and where you can get further support.
This patient booklet is suitable for anyone affected by cancer at the end of treatment. It has suggestions to help people get the best care and support available and to help people to lead as healthy and active a life as possible.
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More people are living with, or surviving cancer than ever before and health and social care professionals have an important role to play in supporting people living with and beyond cancer.
This guide accompanies the 10 Top Tips patient booklet and explains why each of the tips is important. It provides practical ideas and suggestions for how healthcare professionals can support patients in their recovery from cancer.
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This competence framework has endorsement from the Royal College of Nursing and the UK Oncology Nursing Society. It is the first of its kind in the UK, identifying core domains of care for patients living with and beyond cancer.
This framework provides details of the skills and knowledge nurses need to provide safe and effective care and is appropriate for all nurses who care for cancer patients in any setting. A short video
describing the framework is available to view here.
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Research and Influence
Research and influence lies at the heart of the work that the members of CCaT are carrying out. This falls into three main categories:
- Assessing patients needs after treatment
- Creating and Testing new services for survivors
- Generating the evidence that is necessary to improve patient care.
Assessing patients needs after treatment
As a group, we want anybody who has had cancer treatment to have a proper assessment. This is a face-to-face conversation (e.g. with a health professional or therapist) about how they are feeling now, how they are likely to feel in the next few months and what concerns they have, whether physical or emotional. This is sometimes called a 'Holistic Needs Assessment'.
Creating and testing new services for survivors
Creating and improving specific services for cancer survivors is central to CCaT's work. Any new service for patients needs to be tested and evaluated to make sure it is effective and to identify what could be improved. CCaT members are conducting evaluations in the areas below:
- Establishing and running a service for anal and rectal cancer patients after treatment: Gillian Knowles has worked with two Clinical Oncology Consultant colleagues at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre to redesign follow-up services for these two patient groups.
- Bowel management after rectal cancer: Claire Taylor is using Macmillan funding to test an intervention for individuals who have had rectal cancer treatment. This is a complex intervention comprising several different components and utilising principles of the biofeedback approach.
- Urinary problems among prostate cancer patients [Video]: Sara Faithfull has been testing a programme that helps participants cope better with prostate cancer, its treatment and side-effects.
- Quality of life for head-and-neck cancer patients: Mary Wells has involved clinicians in a pilot project and now they want to make quality-of-life assessment part of normal practice.
Generating evidence needed to improve patient care
Improving patient care often depends on developing workforce confidence and ability. CCaT is actively supporting and educating health professionals - especially nurses and allied health professionals.
For example, Sara Faithfull is using Macmillan funding to evaluate health workforce readiness and confidence in managing the consequences of cancer as a long-term condition.
For more information or general enquiries about the work CCaT have been doing with Macmillan and the key interests of the members contact email@example.com. Or, for specific members contact details please visit our main CCaT page.