Ross Weaver (53) from Felixstowe was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in 2012. He was treated with radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and now travels to the hospital for treatment every two weeks.
Ross and Maria his wife Maria (47), have both struggled to cope with their visits to the chemotherapy suite. Ross says: ‘The first time I went for treatment, I’ve got to be honest, I really hated going into a room where there were lots of people and not a lot of privacy. I thought I’d be going into a small room or a cubicle to have treatment – never thought I’d have it in a room with everybody else there.’
The very cramped facilities mean that sometimes patients cannot have someone with them during treatment. ‘Ross is needle-phobic which doesn’t help,’ says Maria. ‘When he’s getting the canula in, he’ll squeeze my hand and close his eyes and shake, and for him to have to go through that and I’m not there with him is upsetting for both of us.’