Local people invited to ‘open up’ about recovery from cancer treatment

Morecambe Bay Cancer Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support have come together to address the challenges faced by people who use local services.

The project, Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer in Morecambe Bay (LWBCMB), aims to improve services in ways which will help support people to become more independent beyond their treatment; a time when patients, families and carers can often feel ‘cast adrift’ and ‘lost’ after their cancer.

Jacqui Thompson, Senior Manager for Planning and Partnerships, NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It is important that patients feel able to leave behind, as far as possible, the hospital environment and are supported outside to help them pick up their lives again as a person rather than a cancer patient.”

Whether you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, faced cancer within the last five years or are supporting someone with cancer, we would like to hear from you.

Open Space events, shaped by people affected by cancer for people affected by cancer, are taking place in Morecambe and Kendal.

o  Thursday 6th April 2017, 11:30–16:00, The Globe Arena, Christie Way, Westgate Morecambe LA4 4TB

o  Monday 24th April 2017. 16:30– 20:30, Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane, Kendal LA9 6RG

The events will provide a relaxed atmosphere to encourage conversations between people about what matters to them living with and beyond cancer.

Louisa Balderson, who is co-ordinating the Open Space events, said: “Those who are currently living with, or have been in recovery from, cancer in the last five years are the people we are most keen to hear from.”

“The stories, ideas and experiences shared by people affected by cancer, will help to identify the themes and issues that are most relevant and important to them. Patients, families and carers will help to shape cancer services in Morecambe Bay.”

Dr Karen Oliver, Macmillan GP from Lancaster, added “This project aims to provide better information for patients what to expect after their treatment, as well as emotional support and encouraging a return to physical activity following cancer.”

Anyone interested in attending one of the Open Space events and would like a booking form and further details or want to know how you can get involved in the project, please call Lauren Hall

01524 519369 or email: LWBC@LancashireNorthCCG.nhs.uk. Places are limited so please book early.

Those who can’t make the events but can spare some time to tell us about their experience can

complete a short survey using the following link  http://tinyurl.com/living-beyond-cancer-survey