People in Yorkshire affected by cancer will have the chance to share experiences and access a ‘toolkit’ of information at a new patient event organised by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
‘Life with Cancer 2017’ is the first event of its kind to be organised by the charity, which is dedicated to improving outcomes for patients living in the region.
There are currently about 190,000 people in Yorkshire living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis, and this number is expected to reach as many as 295,000 people by 20301.
With the number of people surviving cancer continuing to rise, the emotional, physical and practical needs of those affected by the disease have become increasingly important.
Cancer patients, their carers and their family and friends are invited to attend the free event, which will offer expert advice from researchers and healthcare professionals, the chance to share experiences and learn from others, and practical sessions to help improve physical and mental wellbeing.
Dr Kathryn Scott, Interim Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the hardest things a person will ever have to deal with. From coming to terms with the initial shock of being told you have cancer, to making decisions about treatment and dealing with side effects, it’s an experience that will forever change a person’s life.
“Beyond the immediate medical care, there are so many other issues that come along with a cancer diagnosis. We want people in Yorkshire living with and beyond cancer to know that they are not alone. We want to provide them with the very best information and advice so that they feel better supported and go on to live long and healthy lives.”
The event will be held at Harrogate Convention Centre on Thursday, November 16. The programme includes a wide selection of topics, from managing side effects to talking about cancer, mindfulness, and carer support. It will also cover lifestyle choices, including how these may impact on recurrence.
Attendees will have the chance to take part in Pilates and gentle exercise sessions, and there will be the opportunity to speak to experts and representatives from local support services and support groups. Feedback from those who attend could also help to influence how the charity spends its funds in the future.
In 2015, Yorkshire Cancer Research announced a new 10-year strategy to save 2,000 more lives in Yorkshire every year by 2025. As well as funding innovative research projects in the county, the charity is dedicated to working in local communities to encourage healthy lifestyles, improve knowledge of cancer signs and symptoms and increase participation in the national screening programmes for bowel, breast and cervical cancer.
For more information and to book a place at the event, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/lwc2017.
1. Local Cancer Intelligence, Prevalence, http://lci.cancertoolkit.co.uk/Prevalence
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 565 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient’s journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
- Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer – Yorkshire Cancer Research
- Tel: 01423 877 228
- Last updated: 10/05/2017
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