Groups and Support
If you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, or care about someone who is, you might be feeling very isolated and alone, as well as confused about treatment, or anxious about the future. At Cancer Centre London we recognise that these feelings can be very overwhelming, and our years of treating cancer patients have taught us that most people find it easier to cope with a little additional support.
With this in mind, we have organised several ‘support group’ type meetings for patients and their loved ones, so that you have a space to talk and listen to other people in similar situations to yourself. These groups include:
Patient Information Group
Our Patient Information Group meets once a month and is an open forum for patients, their families and friends. It is an opportunity to meet others, to be updated on current topics and to have an informal chat. Lectures by guest speakers are also available followed by a question and answer session. These lectures cover specific topics such as ‘diet and cancer’, ‘managing the emotional impact of cancer’ and ‘exercise and cancer: combating fatigue through exercise’.
Meetings for Patients
Follow-up meetings have been established which enable patients who have completed their radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment to maintain links with the Centre. It is an opportunity to meet others and keep up to date with information in a supportive manner. Contact with these patients is maintained by regular phone calls.
We also ensure that daily visits are made to the patients in the chemotherapy suite undergoing intra-venous treatment, and that their information needs are addressed immediately.
Meeting for Relatives and Friends
Every two months a meeting is held specifically for relatives and friends of cancer patients in order to give information and support in a confidential environment. If someone you love is undergoing cancer treatment, you may find yourself in the difficult position of having to be strong for them, while perhaps feeling overwhelmed yourself. These meetings at CCL are designed to allow you to talk about how you feel in a safe environment with lots of information and support on hand.
For more information, please contact our Information Co-ordinator, Suzanne Smith on 020 8247 3405 or by email.