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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.
Guest blog: Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now
Sally Hudson from Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now explains more about the recent merger to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity and how the new charity is supporting women across the UK who are living with the disease.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Every 10 minutes one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and one man is diagnosed every day. Breast Cancer Care has been providing support and information for anyone affected by the disease for over 45 years and in April merged with Breast Cancer Now to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity. The new charity is united around the aim that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live and receive the support they need to live well.
From research to care, our new charity puts people affected by breast cancer at its heart — providing support for today and hope for the future. United, we have the ability to carry out even more world-class research, provide even more life-changing support and campaign even more effectively for better services and care.
The charity offers free support services - face-to-face, over the phone and online. From courses and monthly meet-ups held throughout the UK, to its confidential Helpline and end of treatment support app, we want to ensure everyone diagnosed with...
Guest blog: Move Dance Feel - An Innovative Dance Project for Women Affected by Cancer
Initiated in 2016 by Emily Jenkins, Move Dance Feel offers free, weekly dance sessions centred around artistic practice, where women come together to dance instead of talk about their cancer experience.
The project was designed to explore what dance could offer in the context of cancer diagnosis and recovery, and to address a recognised need for post-treatment support. Evidence shows that 70% of people struggle with physical and emotional side effects between one and ten years after cancer treatment (Macmillan 2013). Reported side effects include tension, weight changes, pain, restricted movement, severe fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression, fear, low self-esteem, disturbances in body image, and many more ill health factors.
Now in its third year, Move Dance Feel is proving to be extremely beneficial for the women involved, aiding recovery by increasing wellbeing and body confidence, alleviating...