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Guest blog: Oxford Ovarian Cancer patient support group

 
 

Guest blog: Oxford Ovarian Cancer patient support group

 
 

The next Oxford Churchill Hospital Ovarian Cancer Support (OXCHOCS) group meeting for ovarian cancer patients and their friends and carers will be taking place on Thursday 20th June, at 2.00 - 4.00 pm at The Maggie’s Centre, Churchill Hospital, Oxford.

We’re delighted to be covering the hugely important subject of strong communications with clinical and support teams for patients and carers, at all stages of the cancer journey at our June gathering.  We do hope you can join us. 

The event will include a presentation on ‘Good Working Relationships with Clinical teams’ followed by open discussion about the practical and emotional benefit in developing and maintaining communications with all teams involved in diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The discussions will be led by Mary Mountford-Lister, Acting Centre Head Maggie’s Oxford, and supported by a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

As always, there will also be social time, which is a great opportunity to meet other patients, family members and friends in an informal and friendly environment, and to share experiences and learn more about living with Ovarian Cancer. 

Light refreshments will be available. 

For more information, please call Elaine on 07745 965081, or Barbara on 07769 826847.

OXCHOCS is a patient support group for women with ovarian cancer being treated anywhere in the catchment area served by the Churchill Hospital, which is mainly the Thames Valley. The group was started by two ovarian cancer patients and it has the support of the professional staff at the Churchill.

At our quarterly meetings we normally have an expert speaker who presents information on a topic like clinical trials, genetics, pathology, and similar. This would last for up to an hour, leaving an hour for all the women present (and sometimes their relative or an accompanying friend as well) to socialise, get to know each other, just as much as they want to. There is no pressure to talk or meet others, but most women seem to benefit from this kind of contact.

OXCHOCS has the potential for a great deal of shared learning. We all have lots of questions about our treatment options, side-effects and so on, and it is often other women who have walked the pathway before us who are the most help. 

In future, we plan to expand the group to include all patients with Gynaecology cancers.

Meetings are based at The Maggie’s Centre, Churchill Hospital, Oxford. We look forward to welcoming you at our next event.

For more information, please call Elaine on 07745 965081, or Barbara on 07769 826847

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