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Patients and carers invited to ‘Let’s Talk About Cancer’ events across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

4th March 2019 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis are being asked for their views as part of a comprehensive review of local support in order to ensure that the needs of the population are continually met.

Leicester’s Hospitals, Macmillan Cancer Support, GPs and other healthcare professionals are working together to develop and expand the support offered to people living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.

Dr Paul Danaher, GP and clinical lead for cancer at Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “More people than ever before are living longer after a cancer diagnosis, with numbers set to double in the UK over the next 20 years. The local health community has been working closely with Macmillan Cancer Support to improve the experience for patients, from when cancer is first diagnosed, through treatment, to living well and feeling supported when back at home.

“There are various possibilities for how people can receive support. In some parts of the country, cancer information clinics in the community have worked well, others find that social media forums, like Facebook, work for them and others prefer to join self-help and fitness groups. So, as we develop our local support, we want to hear from as many people as possible who are living with cancer, or who have received treatment in the past, to find out what matters to them and how we can improve our services.

“We are holding a series of ‘Let’s Talk About Cancer’ events where we would really appreciate people coming along to share their views on the support that is currently available and to tell us what matters to them.”

Each ‘Let’s Talk About Cancer’ event runs from 11.00am until 2.00pm and people can stay for all or some of the presentations. There will be the chance to hear about the work of Macmillan locally together with the work that the Hospitals and Community are undertaking to expand this support. Anyone who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis, including carers and family members, are very welcome to attend and provide feedback to the team.

Dates and venues are as follows:

  • 7th March 2019 at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
  • 2nd May 2019 at Leicester Centre for Integrated Living
  • 9th May 2019 at Age UK, Clarence House
  • 23rd May 2019 at Loughborough Town Hall
  • 6th June 2019 at Freer Community Centre, Wigston
  • 13th June 2019 at Voluntary Action Rutland
  • 27th June 2019 at Penman Spicer Community Hall, Loughborough

Feedback from all the ‘Let’s Talk About Cancer’ events taking place across Leicestershire will be available in July 2019.

More details of the events can be found at www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/events/living-with-cancer-events People affected by cancer can also share their views by taking part in an online survey at https://bit.ly/2UIxR16.

Alternatively, to request a paper version of the survey or to find out more about the events, call 0116 295 1116.

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