11 November 2014
Living well workshop
Macmillan has teamed up with Penny Brohn Cancer Care to provide new support for people affected by cancer in North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford.
The Macmillan Penny Brohn Pathway of Survivorship Services will provide patients with the knowledge and tools to manage the symptoms and side-effects of cancer and its treatment, to support them to live well after a cancer diagnosis.
Each year around 5,770 people in Staffordshire hear the devastating news they have cancer. Thanks to improvements in early diagnosis and treatment more people are surviving cancer or living longer with the disease. This means the number of people living with and beyond cancer is set to double to four million by 2030, so it's vital the right support is in place.
This new partnership aims to develop living well services in Staffordshire, including events and courses providing information, education and support around health and well-being to help combat these issues. Topics will include healthy eating, the importance of exercise, emotional support and how to manage stress, and will also give participants the opportunity to share their experiences with others who have been through a cancer diagnosis.
The project will see a new Macmillan Penny Brohn Living Well Services Coordinator based in Staffordshire, who will work closely with Healthcare Professionals at University Hospitals North Staffordshire, Stafford Hospital, in GP surgeries and in the community to help ensure a coordinated approach to survivorship and self-management.
Marika Hills, Macmillan's Development Manager for Staffordshire, said: 'As more people are living with and beyond cancer, we are increasingly focused on developing services which support survivorship. Penny Brohn advocate empowering people to self-manage the impact of cancer and also addressing their needs holistically as part of a whole-person programme which is something Macmillan also wholeheartedly believes in. So we're thrilled to be working in partnership to help ensure no one in Staffordshire faces cancer alone.'
Find out more about the support available from Penny Brohn Cancer Care.